Last week I decided to make a public commitment to publish a newsletter of creative inspiration every Friday for a year. There was one small detail missing: I had NO PLAN.
As usual, I just jumped right in, sharing some resources on how to face my fears because honestly, newsletters terrify me and I had no idea what else to write about.
All I know, is I NEED a newsletter. A newsletter is the perfect opportunity to actually force myself to get some work done.
Making the public commitment and facing my fears is the best thing I can do if I ever want any hope to actually publish my books, my art, and my music in the next upcoming year.
The good news is I don’t think the newsletter has any readers. And so, I shall write like nobody is watching. That’s usually how you end up writing your best stuff anyways.
Think about it: If you write something in your journal, it’s very personal. You know someone will probably not read it, so you’re more open to really actually saying what you want to say and you’re also more likely to just write in a stream-of-consciousness fashion.
You don’t worry about it having a structure or making sense – you aren’t writing for anyone to read it later – and so you just write, without editing, without thinking – you just write. You aren’t writing for an audience, you are writing selfishly, for yourself.
Writing selfishly for yourself is actually one of the key principles of Write Bad Poetry.
I don’t know what I’m trying to say here exactly, but I’m writing like nobody is watching, and that’s the only way I can truly write what my heart wants to say. There’s a lot of comfort for me sometimes knowing that no one cares.