Monday, November 24, 2014
#Mondayblogs: Your Brain on Learning #amwriting #persevere
So sometimes when the writing is super hard, it is easy to think I suck at life. Then I like to pull myself together by watching encouraging videos like the one above. (If you don't know about Khan Academy, it is pretty awesome and you should!) I think when learning anything, it is important to remember that we will get better--eventually.
And we stand a better chance of seeing real improvements, if in addition to practice, we apply focus--as explained in this article. So sometimes it isn't in your best interest to say "I am going to sit at this computer and stare at this story for 2 hours--at least!"
You might not actually help your brain or skills at all with this.
Instead, it might serve you more to do writing sprints, or to make a word count deadline instead. Whatever helps you to achieve that "concentrated effort". (This is also probably why I shouldn't watch TV on the treadmill, but thank goodness this is a post about writing, not fitness!)
So failing=learning+practice=improvement (or something like this).
So get out there and fail! You're probably succeeding every time you do. :)