Scribing is simply the act of writing. This last 10 minute segment of my morning routine is probably my LEAST favorite. I do not think I am a good writer. Writing has never been my strong suit because I write like I speak. I speak very informally in most social situation. I do so because it tends to help solidify a bond between the other person and I. It is a trick I learned working as an Undercover Narcotics Agent. Give me 5 minutes of talking with ANYONE and I can alter my speech to match theirs, regardless of education level. I can speak like a poor redneck or I can speak like a person who just received their Doctorate. It’s a skill I developed.
I have always though writing should be done in a very particular way. I have no way of identifying which “way” it is because it’s not a world I have ever delved into so I am not familiar with the particulars of writing. It may sound strange to hear such words leaving my mouth because, as some of you know, I have written a book. To be fair, I also think most books are too verbose and are much longer than they need to be so my book is only 21 pages long. My intentions are to rewrite the book to make it apply specifically to different career fields. As it stands now, Getting It Done: Effective delegation for Law Enforcement is very specific to the Law Enforcement world. That will change over time.
I write this blog to fulfill my Scribing section of my morning routine. It actually takes longer than 10 minutes. I sometimes find myself writing for 30-45 minutes at a time but a good part of that time is spent formatting and inserting links. When I have enough content on this blog, I will pay someone to combine the information into a book format and, VOILA!, another book will be born.
The point behind the scribing section of my morning routine isn’t to write a book however. The point is to exercise a creative muscle in my body. Creativity is something I lost right about the time the Marine Corps was teaching me that the only way to make grass grow was to water it with the blood of my enemies. Anyone who tells you that brainwashing and conditioning doesn’t happen in the military is full of crap and probably getting paid to say it.
I crave to regain that part of my life. I used to write poetry. I was very creative and could always find a way to make something beautiful out of nothing. It is a struggle to find that part of myself again. Writing is helping a little, but I tend to see it as more of a business goal and not a personal goal. Much like coffee, I try to find ways to make money on my efforts. I try to remind myself that I am a poor writer and should not be seeing it through the lens of business because I would starve if I had to make a living at it. 😉
So I write. Not for fun. Not for a living. But for the practice.
What have you written? I would love for you to share a link to your stuff in the comments section!