I had a chance to sing at a recent backyard party, under marginal duress and significant influence of drink. It went off surprisingly well, and a few people commented on my “nice voice.” One lady however, a professional singer, said that singing is not like riding a bike and if I wanted to develop my voice I would have to practice and build my instrument, not just expect to whip it out once a year at a karaoke mic. I have no intention of becoming a singer, but it reminded me of a college English teacher who told me, “There’s no such thing as good writing! Only good Re-Writing.”
I do have intention of being a writer, but I must stop fooling myself, thinking that somehow a brilliant treatise is going to spring full-formed onto the page without practicing and “building my instrument” on a regular basis.
So, if for nothing more than to practice my writing “scales,” I intend to write a little something here every day (or so). There will not be any full on attempt at re-writing. But the exercise, I hope, will lead to a stronger voice, and be a sign of active commitment to the goal of writing for publication.
Discipline, practice, success.