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Jan 06, 2019 13:45:33

I Suck at Writing, and That's Okay

by @basilesamel PATRON | 418 words | 385🔥 | 433💌

Basile Samel

Current day streak: 385🔥
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I check all the boxes when it comes to possible excuses not to write.

1) I am French.

2) I started learning English when I was 16. 

3) I make grammar and syntax mistakes in every text.

4) I have a highly demanding job. My life is basically about thinking about my business 12 hours a day for most days, sleep, and eat.

5) I never managed to get into a habit that lasted for more than a week.

Still, here I am, on a two-month writing streak (46 days on this website + 18 days from before).

What changed?

I found out why I need to write after hours spent on thinking about it.

First of all, I always loved writing, whether it is in French or in English. Words are magical. They last forever, a legacy anyone can leave. They help me connect with my loved ones. I don't need to write for a global audience when I can write to my friends or to my family.

Heck, I don't even need to write for anyone. Writing shapes my thoughts, and vice versa. I need to write to solve my own problems. I need to write to realize the road covered so far. I need to write because I'm a human being and writing is tied to the history of the human race. We've been writing for five thousand years now. Writing is my essence.

What more, we are social animals. I started sharing my thoughts online a lot more when I created my first company with two friends one year ago. When you are growing a company it is important to communicate well, and even more important to communicate a lot, because you have to brand yourself, meaning, to explain what is valuable in what you offer. It is true for building a company as it is for any job. Unemployment is increasing because workers are becoming a commodity. A worker who knows how to explain what makes her unique has a higher chance to be favored, by law of scarcity. Writing is thus vital to any venture as it is the most common form of business communication.

Once you find a Why you believe in whole-heartedly with, nothing can stop you.

This is the reason why, even if my writing is bad, I believe I can only improve. All I need is to put in the work and improve a bit every day without excuse. Those little efforts will eventually compound. I suck at writing, and that's okay. The only way is upward.

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    @basilesamel WOW! I loved reading this. You are so engaging. You have a unique way of connecting with your readers. Super looking forward to reading more about your story.

    Hannah Karanja avatar Hannah Karanja | Jan 07, 2019 12:44:18
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      @hannahkaranja Thanks Hannah! Means a lot. Hope it can inspire you into developing a writing habit

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 07, 2019 12:53:47
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    @basilesamel Let me explain to you my situation.
    1. I finished my junior high school with not the best grades...
    2.I barely finished high school. Like i finished high school in one of the worst high schools in my country and one of the top 5 worst schools in my city. I graduated as a Geodesy technician without any knowledge of geodesy whatsoever.
    3. I barely graduated (which i still haven't finished my graduate thesis as all of you are aware of it).
    4. Education for me has never been interesting. I never wanted to study but i was a very calm person i just haven't studied. And that's primarily because my family was a shit... like my parents fought all the time at home and i started to crumble in myself and in my thoughts... I began to withdraw in me and i started to feel a lot of pain in my chest like no one wanted me and shit.
    5. I learned English primarily from online video games that i played in a game zone. My team won the Dota national competition in Macedonia, but i never had a chance to play because my parents didn't want to give me approximately 15 Euros to compete... they told me fuck off and they started arguing again... i could have been one of the best Dota players by now.
    6. I started writing because one friend of mine (god bless her she called me like 3 hours ago and we need to meet on Tuesday :) ) was in a similar situation like me and we became best friends from then on. She told me about the benefits of writing that one person can have and how you will feel better if you just write the shit on a piece of paper and get it out of your system. I tried it and i never stopped writing :).
    I believe i should start my 200 Words a Day topic today about this shit!

    Berkan avatar Berkan | Jan 06, 2019 22:11:03
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      @berkan This is a seriously amazing story Berkan! Please write about it :) I would love to know more about how writing shaped the person you are now!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 22:28:06
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      @basilesamel I will write something new tomorrow, today i just wrote about how i started to write :D Thanks man!

      Berkan avatar Berkan | Jan 06, 2019 22:30:39
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    @basilesamel I really like your approach. I want to be able to write good letters and I hope that 200words will help me reach this goal by practicing every day.
    And I can't wait to see the French community growing.
    Pour pouvoir écrire certain jour en français ? !

    Vincent Maurin avatar Vincent Maurin | Jan 06, 2019 21:24:35
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      @vincentmaurin Yes that would be awesome! Spanish members are already practicing :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 21:26:55
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    @basilesamel Keep up the great work! Your writing in English is better than perhaps you give yourself credit for.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 06, 2019 19:56:40
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      @brandonwilson Thanks :) Hope so

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 20:07:38
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    @basilesamel <<Writing shapes my thoughts, and vice versa. I need to write to solve my own problems...>> yes! and yet so far i've managed to survive with irregular to none journal entries and heavily overloaded periodical letters/emails. I wish to became a part of the 200wordsaday universe, inspired by your cool writing and optimism!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 06, 2019 17:06:50
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      @lucjahonigman Thank you for bringing your own enthusiasm! We are increasingly about passionate people. Hopefully, you will find new benefits to writing by practicing :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 17:23:25
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    @basilesamel I share a lot of your approach and sentiment. I also started learning English at 16 when I went to high school - before I was studying German and Russian. But I believe that you can only improve your language skills by using the language (speaking and writing) and that no matter how many words you know, and how many grammar rules you practised, the only way to actually improve is to use language actively!

    Am Ki avatar Am Ki | Jan 06, 2019 14:21:09
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      @jmaga Thanks, 100% agree with you :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 06, 2019 14:23:58
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