The power of incremental gains

I am a strong believer in stupid persistence.  I chase patience, hard work, and incremental gains.  Bad at math?  Do more math.  Kill your garden? Replant and begin again. Slow runner?  Well, you might not get much faster, but run anyway because it’s good for you.  I should know. I’m the slow plodder, that naturally ungifted athlete who is preternaturally good at tripping on nothing, but who eventually lumps across the finish line.  Slow, slow, slow, but I made it, so please pull the car around because I don’t think I can walk to the refreshment tent after this.

I’m not sure if it’s a strength or a flaw, but there’s a point at which it morphs from stupid persistence to just stupid, and I’m well acquainted with it.

I think I’m going to apply it to writing. 

For four or five years, I flirted with writing fiction, but I was younger and less pig-headed then.  Now I’ve learned how to build and apply systems, and by golly, that’s what I’m going to do.  Build and apply a system to learn to be a better writer.

Here we go!

Initial steps:

  1. Start a blog to track progress.
  2. Order several well-respected books on writing and start working my way through them.
  3. Start reading specifically in the genre I wish to write to find out what’s currently in demand in the market.

What I’m reading now:
–> The Overstory, by Richard Powers
–> Rock Your Plot, by Cathy Yardley

Published by stupidlypersistent

Writer, runner, mathemagician

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