You can write better than you think you can

The Roman philosopher, Seneca, wrote in letter to his friend Lucelius. “We suffer more in imagination than in reality”. And those words became immortal.

These posts on my blog start as ideas within my head before I type them out. Even after posting for 700 days, when I think of them as abstract ideas, they don’t seem particularly well formed. They manifest as vague feelings that I often doubt would result in concrete blog posts.

And yet, when I sit down to type, the words spill out of the keyboard. And as they appear on the screen, clarity takes the place of vagueness. The ideas themselves turn out to have better structure in my posts than they did inside my head. This surprising feeling of clarity that I experience every single day is part of what keeps me coming back.

A couple of years back, I would have never thought that I would sustain a daily blogging practice. My imagination would not let me do that.

Here is my exhortation to you. You can write better than you think you can write. It is mostly your imagination that holds you back. Just sit down and write something up. I promise, you would be surprised by what you see.

We are better writers in reality than in our imagination.

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