We’ve all heard the phrase that practice makes perfect, right? Well, I am not sure about the perfection part but I know that practice has improved my writing skills over the last year. As a newbie blogger, I read this book by Ruth Soukop and learned a bunch about writing.
I not only learned about blogging and writing but have been able to apply some of what I learned to other areas in my life. The book gave me 500 words a day challenge on how to practice in order to grow.
500 Words Per Day
The book suggested that I should practice my writing and write at least write 500 words per day. I thought…Who has time to write 500 words per day? Then I realized that it is possible and that I already was doing that and more. Hmmm… (Also, a typical blog post is about 500 words plus some.)
In fact, I began to realize that blogging wasn’t the only type of writing I did daily. You can practice something in a variety of ways. Here are a few other ways that I practice writing:
While I attribute a lot of writing growth to blogging, I now know that practice comes in many forms. To all this, I excitedly say that I must be a writer! 😉 Another book that I read this year was Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy. The author said to think on paper and I guess I have that tip down! Still practicing…
Practice in Other Forms
Anyway, I learned that 500 words a day produced improvements. I got to thinking about other areas that I want to grow in. For example, I want to embrace new recipes, learn how to sew and be more diligent in studying scripture. Here are some ways that I’ve been doing it and plan to expand like with my writing by incorporating a little practice along the way.
Here are some ways that I’ve been doing it and plan to expand like with my writing by incorporating a little practice along the way.
The first week of my retirement, I cooked at least one new recipe a day. Yes, my life was spent in the kitchen but I loved every minute of it. Sean enjoyed the fruits of my labor as the taste tester. 🙂 I love to cook but to be transparent, I’m self-conscious and second guess my abilities more than I should.
I cook every night and so that is practice. Here are a few ways that I plan to continue to practice:
- I want to take more meals to others.
- My goal is to invite more people over and incorporate new recipes.
My grandmother and mom both sew. All my life I’ve had them hem and mend clothes for me. I’ve decided to use the minimal skills I have and branch out to become more skilled in this area.
For now, I’ve decided to mend a few of my husband’s ties and few other items we have that could use some attention.
After some experience, I plan to sew our baby a shirt or onesie. (We’re adopting!) This may seem simple but you have to start somewhere!
Each morning, I have my devotions and write in my prayer journal. My husband and I read together at night and attend a Bible study that we prepare for each week. However, I want to incorporate more time for scripture into my day.
Since I’m staying home full time now, I wanted to figure out ways to study more. Again this is something I need to practice and make effort toward because it’s easy to get busy doing other things.
Here are a few ways I plan to find more study time:
- Since I don’t leave for work each day now, I have lengthened my devotional time.
- In my planner, I’ve written several scriptures to memorize for the month and practice them.
Learning to write 500 words a day was a start that led me to practice other areas where I want to improve and grow. Practice with anything goes a long way!
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