Wonderful advice by the brilliant Seth Godin.
My writing has not been as good as I would like it to be. To improve that, I have been meaning to follow the exact thing that Seth proposes in his article
“Write like you talk. Often”.
Only when I actually get into some challenge like this that you realize how hard it is to actually write good, readable and cogent text that keeps the reader interested. The other time when I realize how hard writing can be is when I am at work and I have to write up a design document at the start of a release cycle to outline the general procedure or the algorithm before implementing a feature. A well written document is a direct reflection of a clear thought process. How I wish mine were easy to read and understand!
Much of my inspiration to write comes from stuff I read over the Internet. I have a lot of respect for writers - particularly in the tech industry - John Gruber, MG Siegler, David Pogue, John Siracusa (though I must confess I haven’t read a lot of his writing). Their way of reporting recent incidents, analyzing why some companies behave and act a certain way and their ability to put down their thoughts in writing just amazes me. I guess I just love the idea of journalism. But I do not know if I have it in me to write like those guys do.
Every time I read something inspiring I get pumped up, and I swear to myself that I will do something small, something everyday to improve my writing skills and thereby improve my thought process. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm dies out quickly when my sober self meets the challenges and responsibilities of daily life. Still, it is my hope that by writing small and writing often I will be able to better myself. Someday.