In the interest of transparency, here’s what I expect:
- Writing shorter will make it possible to write more often.
- Writing more often will approach (and optimally become) daily.
- Writing daily will become habit.
- Writing as a habit will train my powers of observation and writing.
All of my previous blogs started long and got longer, then stopped when I could not regularly summon the energy to explain the universe in a couple thousand words.
It wasn’t wasted effort: all that writing made all my writing better. But it was mostly catharsis for me and useful to nobody else.
There’s a saying in medical education that the way to learn a new procedure is to “see one, do one, teach one.” In starting this blog, at this length, with this (relative lack of) focus, I hope to create a quick intellectual fitness routine along those lines: noticing, connecting, explaining.
If a pattern or patterns emerge that could be the subject of longer, more focused work, that would be great. If not, I’ll at least be able to indulge my desire to comment on whatever comes to mind.
At the end of the day, Cicero’s advice to aspiring writers might be the truest motivation of all: “If you want to be a writer, write!”
Cheers to a new adventure.