starting to build
There's an interesting challenge today on Day 8 of the 15 Habits of Great Writers series. It's something that I never really thought about before.
A few years ago I started this blog, but not until recently did I begin to build it. There's a difference.
Here's an excerpt from today's challenge - " 'Building' something creatively happens the same way it does in the “real” world - with a lot of sweat and pain and grunting. It’s not easy; if it is, you’re doing it wrong. So what does this look like when it comes to writing? It means showing up and doing the work, day-in and day-out. If you’re not doing this already, you need to be."
I can honestly say I wasn't building. I wasn't doing the daily gritty work.
But you can bet I will be now.
My father built our house one cinder block and stone at a time. He bought the land, but didn't stop there. He knew he had to continue on; he knew he had to build. He needed to roll up his sleeves and do the daily, difficult work of building something out of nothing.
I sit in that same home today where I came back to live with my own family. I often thank my dad for going beyond starting - for building this house. For it's in the building that he's reflected; where I can touch stones that he put into place, see the nails he hammered, sit on the wood floors that he laid. His handiwork is all over this home, and that to me is a precious memory.
When you build what you've started, no matter what it is, you put your unique imprint on it. That's what makes it stand out from the others, because it speaks of you. If you've started, great. Now go the next step. Roll up your sleeves and build something out of it.
P.S. - I'd love to hear about what you're building, so leave a comment and let me know!
Posted by Beth Coulton