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Getting Used to Sucking

 

I’ve been wanting to be a writer for long, but I didn’t know what to write. Most times I would stare at the blank screen, only hoping that I’ll get that amazing idea that people will start taking by storm.
Sometimes I’d get the idea, I would start writing and then in the middle I’ll feel that this is bullshit. I’d delete it and get back to the blank page again.

It was last month I took a courageous step and committed myself to a challenge of writing at least 500 words every day, no matter what. Staring at the blank screen continued, but I started writing whatever that I could possibly think about. I wrote about boring daily routines. I wrote about food. I wrote about my work experiences, client experiences, life incidences, personal feelings, news items, science theories, even donult trump. 30 days passed. I wrote more than 30,000 words in counting.

It happened because I chosen to suck at it. I just wanted to write, not worrying about how would that turn out, whether or not anyone will be liking it, whether or not it’ll go viral, whether or not people will agree to it, share it, and comment on it.

I’m sure this was never possible if I’ve not chosen to be used to of sucking.

 

Looking it closely, sucking is an integral part of our lives. Our jobs suck most of the times. Our bank accounts sucks. Our public speaking sucks. Our morning alarm sucks. Even relationship sucks at times and if they don’t suck, we suck something else (even sexually) πŸ™‚

 

Why to resist it then. Better to get used to it and starting improving it from there. Everyone successful that you know today has sucked at some point. They just chosen to get used to of it, and it kept on getting better.

 

If you’re not sucking, you’re not doing it right, or chances are that you’re not doing it at all.

As Laura Thomas wrote

In her blog

 

“Part of being a creative is getting used to sucking.”

You can’t really do it if you get scared of sucking and stop it doing at that point.

Suck it as much as you can, keep on practicing and the success juices will flow.

 

 

 

P.S.: Thank you Laura for that amazing post. It was so extremely inspiring that I not only sucked the entire post, but loved it. It in fact acted as a writing prompt for me and helped me expressing my feeling. You’re awesome, Laura.

 

  • saurabh saxena

    Great post prateek,
    Josh Billings Said ” Be like a postage stamp, Stick to one thing until you get there” πŸ™‚

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