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Better to write, than to not write at all

I decided a few days ago, that it is better to write something, even ever so small, than to write nothing at all.

I got this from one of the Hive Global Leaders Program at Harvard University Unconferenced sessions. The session was on effective story telling. One of the key concepts was to write out all of the main events/concepts that you wanted to share in a story.  Although somewhat obvious in my opinion, however, what I thought what was great about it, was that you don’t necessarily need to add anything more if you don’t have time to share.

If you want to share the story about the lord of the rings and the hobbit — you could probably share the story by talking about 5-8 distinct events that happened during the story. If you have more time you can add filler to all of those, making each event/section longer. However, if you don’t have a lot of time, you could just leave it with a sentence per event. If it’s short enough you could actually tell the high level ideas of the story to someone on an elevator ride in 15-30 seconds.

SPOILER ALERT FOR HOUSE OF CARDS: For example, here’s the events/key concepts for Frank Underwood’s character in the House of Cards.

House of Cards spoiler alert

Now without ever watching it, you get a fairly good understanding of what’s going on.

What’s nice about this is, I don’t feel like I have to now share a full blown story now every time I want to share. Many times I’ll come up with an idea for a blog post and I’ll write it in my to-do list. But generally, the blog post doesn’t get written.  Now, I’m committed just to writing out the key concept, if I want to share anything else, I’ll add to it, just like I’m doing now. Otherwise, I’ll just leave it super short and that will be it.

I don’t need to share an entire story each time, I need to share the important parts about it, and that could be a few sentences or even just one.

So this is why I’ll now write something, just to write, instead of writing nothing at all. I’m looking forward to some super small blog posts now. And maybe, I’ll proofread if desired, maybe not.