A Blog Experiment, Completed

A Blog Experiment, Completed | Lexie WInslowIn late October, I set out to blog every day on my personal website for a month straight. I wanted to get more material out there written (rather than ghostwritten) by me. I also wanted to liven up my personal site, which can be a bit neglected as I spend so much time working online to spruce up other people’s websites and content. I’m happy to say that I fulfilled my goals, both in quantity and in quality. However, I’m not quite sure if I’m willing to commit to this writing pace, and I’m not even certain that I’m delivering the right voice on my blog.
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Repetition and Excellence

Repetition and Excellence | Lexie WinslowI’m not one for inspirational quotations, but from time to time I do hold on to a turn of phrase that I find resonant, particularly if it relates to the craft of writing. This one is particularly special to me:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

Durant’s quotation eloquently summarizes a section of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, and the sentiment has gone on to be paraphrased (and/or misattributed) dozens of other times. The same idea shows up in other famous quotations, like the proverb,“Practice makes perfect;” Woody Allen’s, “Eighty percent of success is showing up;” Gretchen Rubin’s, “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while;” Ira Glass’s, “The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work;” even in a sense Benjamin Franklin’s, “I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
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Starting and Quitting

Starting and Quitting | Lexie Winslow

A stack of my half-begun story ideas.

I’ve been keeping up with my daily blogging for three weeks now. We’re right on schedule for my interest to wane. Two-thirds, three-quarters of the way through, I usually quit my creative projects and start a new one. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it, I’ve learned a few new things, and I can walk away without much feeling of regret. The allure of a new project is much more compelling for me than the completion of an existing one, especially when the work already feels done.

As far as I can recall, I never spent too much time reflecting on this tendency, besides a vague feeling of disappointment that it’s in my nature to be more driven by inspiration than by discipline. Then, I read a blog post by Gretchen Rubin this summer that put a much finer point on the topic. [Read more…]