What is minimalism?
In the November 13, 2019, becoming minimalist blog post, Joshua Becker states, “… minimalism is intentionally living with only the things I really need—those items that support my purpose. I'm removing the distraction of excess possessions, so I can focus more on those things that matter most.”
I’m a long way from being a minimalist, but I can see myself moving in that direction.
Let’s discuss how minimalism applies to writing and writing-related pursuits.
There are SO MANY helpful writing and writing-related podcasts. Among my favourites are Writing at the Red House, The Write Now Podcast, and Creative If Writing.
I could list several others, but I have to limit the number I listen to each week or I could spend several hours a day listening to others talk about writing while doing no actual writing myself.
I must choose only those that will educate and motivate.
I’ve often referred to myself as “an extrovert on steroids.” While 2020, and now, 2021, have changed that to an extent, I still need to feel connected to others.
But as is the case with podcasts, I can spend so much time in the FB groups I belong to that I don’t accomplish the tasks at hand.
And because social media should be a two-way street, if I’m going to be a contributing member of the groups I belong to, I have to limit myself.
<averts eyes and hums>
I am a course (and lifetime access) hoarder.
However, I'll never accomplish all the things that interest me.
I have to narrow my focus and refuse to believe the lie that everything will fall into place if I buy just one more course.
But look at how much you save!
No, Stephanie, back away from the Buy button.
If these were the days pre-COVID, I would be limited by my bank account.
Of course, I still am. But when you don’t have to factor in travel, accommodation, and food costs, there are more available funds.
But will attending one more virtual conference really make me that much better of a writer or connect me with that certain someone its crucial that I get to know? Probably not.
Like most writers, my bookshelves—both physical and virtual—are bowing under the weight of unread volumes.
While it’s true that some books become outdated, many include content that is evergreen.
Simply accumulating a vast storehouse of knowledge won’t do us much good unless we take the time to apply what we’re learning.
And unread volumes? Well, they’ll do us even less good.
Writers often have more ideas than they’ll ever be able to get down on paper.
While several authors, especially indie authors, write in a variety of genres, if they don’t focus on the project at hand, it will never get published.
This is true for all of us.
Am I a writing minimalist?
While I’m not a minimalist of any kind, my Theme of the Year is having an impact on virtually every area of my life. And that theme? Contentment, Not Complacency.
This year, my desire is to be content with what I have ... and make the most of it. This includes courses, books, projects, etc.
It isn't simply a matter of limiting myself but actually putting into practice what I learn from those things that are readily at hand.
How about you?
Are you a writing minimalist? In what ways?