But maybe we don’t have to be so hard on ourselves. For example, during the business hours of yesterday and today I composed forty pieces of correspondence, some of them quite lengthy (my longest epistle was over 300 words). That’s writing.
“But,” you say, “that’s WORK writing. That doesn’t count.”
Well, you would be right in that I will not be polishing my work emails to go into a volume of short stories (though that is an interesting prospect now that I think about it). But if your goal is to exercise your writing skills, then why not consider that email you are writing to a customer or to a colleague something to craft with great care? I am not suggesting that you write something flippant or inappropriate that will get you fired, but consider it an exercise to use more descriptive words in your daily routine messages. Be mindful of your grammar or spelling (I know I must).
Even if you are discussing budgetary concerns or the latest shipment of lighting fixtures to roll of your assembly line, you can attempt to make it a more interesting, or at least a clearer, expression of your thoughts on a matter. If you work at home, consider writing that note to your kid’s teacher with a little more care and elegance.
If you don’t have time to write “creatively” in your journal or on your home computer, it can’t hurt to practice the craft of writing in your day-to-day routine if you have that opportunity.