Practice Makes Perfect, Doesn’t It?

I’ve spent much of the weekend ‘practicing’ or should that be ‘honing my craft darling’ 😉

Of course, writing is just the same as any other discipline. You wouldn’t be a brain surgeon without years of training would you? And you can’t speak a foreign language without learning it.

So yes, when you think about it, it’s obvious, to be a great writer you need to learn how to write great stuff (unless you’re just naturally goddam talented and if you are….I am soooo jealous lol).

The problem is…..can writing every day make you get stuck in your ways? Will you ever grow if you continue to write in the same style, using the same voice? Where’s the challenge?

Sooooo, this week I’m going to try a little experiment 🙂

I read somewhere recently (don’t ask me where, I read so much stuff about writing lol) that where you write can affect what and how you write. Oh dear, we’re going back to the noise/silence issue again lol.

Ok, well I did take on board everyone’s comments to my noise post, so with that in mind I’m going to write (or do my practice) in 3 different locations throughout the week. You are my witness, if it gets to next Friday and I haven’t been to 3 different locations, shout at me, you have my permission 🙂

I’ve spent all weekend writing at home so we’ll say this is the marker. When I write at home I often struggle, get distracted (the kids, the dog, the cats, the husband, the phone) but I do seem to write in the same style, the same voice……it will be interesting to see if anything changes at other locations….progress report mid week 🙂

Today’s prompt about the lie remains undone…..but, I did manage to finish all the prompts I was suppose to do yesterday. I spent the evening going through competitions, deciding which ones to enter 🙂 Tomorrow’s prompt is the face of tomorrow so it looks like I’ll be playing catch up 😉

11 thoughts on “Practice Makes Perfect, Doesn’t It?

  1. I’ve never thought about how where you write affecting the voice of your stories. I have an app on my phone so I write wherever, but perhaps I need to pay more attention to that. Practicing writing does help make you better at writing.


    • No, neither did I hon…..I’m not sure it true, which is why I’m going to experiment 🙂

      Shake it up…..use a notebook rather than the phone and see if there’s a difference?

      I think we can just get quite set in our ways, we don’t end up noticing how similar everything is lol



  2. I think where has just as much to do with “what” we choose to write. If we choose to write on the same topics every time, we do not experiment, which means we do not grow. I keep several writing prompt books on my shelf, (from all different schools of thought), to keep me on my toes. Otherwise, I’d only write about art journals, books, and characters who are desperate to break free. 😉


  3. Have you read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”? He refers to 10,000 hours being the magic number / amount of time needed to master a skill / craft. A bit depressing if you think you need practice to improve!


  4. That’s a really good idea. I find that I write quite differently depending on the day, weather, the prompt I’m using. I suppose I write in the way that the characters speak to me, and that’s affected by those things. I have a writing book though, The 3am Epiphany, and that has made me write in completely different ways than I had before. It’s a really good book, just full of prompts and exercises that are quite different and interesting.


    • Oooooo, Becca, I have that book *goes off to dig it out * 🙂

      I wanted to go out today but it’s been so cold!!!! Keep your fingers crossed for me or a couple of nice days. I was thinking of the grounds of Rochester Castle for one of my locations, but don’t much fancy that in the rain lol



  5. Pingback: The “Place” Experiment Part 1 | The View Outside

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