Practice and outcome

I publish a mini-essay like the one you're currently reading every Tuesday. Inevitably, some of my pieces will be better than others.1

"The practice is agnostic about the outcome." Says Seth Godin.

I write daily regardless of what I publish. The more words I type, the easier it is to dig and find things worth sharing with you at a later time.2

I don't always write for publication. I write to figure out what I'm thinking and capture memories. Discover and remember. I write for the sake of writing, to practice.

This gives me the license to write badly. No pressure. I can distance myself from my writing, return to it from a reader's perspective, then curate and polish what will see the light.

  1. Better is defined by the reader and might mean interesting, thoughtful, or inspiring. It depends on the person. 

  2. This also happens with drawings. The more I sketch, the easier it is to pair essays with a drawing for publishing. 

July 18, 2023
Nono Martínez Alonso

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Pencil sketch of Nono Martínez Alonso.