Reverb10 Day 2: Writing Dreamed 3119 days ago | | 690 words

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

I do plenty that doesn’t contribute to my writing. I go to work. I eat. I drink. I sleep. I spend my days writing nothing more than responses to technical problems, as my life is an IT Support person. I do tons that doesn’t contribute to my writing.

Can it be eliminated? Not most of it. I am not a writer by trade. Though ironically, I do support a building full of them, reporters, bloggers, journalists. I would like to write more. I’ve always enjoyed writing. To be honest, I do most of my writing on the bus or the train and I am usually typing on the iPod Touch as my most used writing space.

When I was younger I used to write a lot of poetry. Writing was my escape. I would transport myself to better places. I would take my emotions and lay them all out on the paper or the screen for no one to see but to excise them from my head. I never shared my writings growing up since it was therapy. My personal therapy to help get the pain from my heart and my head out to the words.

I have been trying to write more. Whether it be little stories I’ve wanted to pass on. Small tips on software or web sites I enjoy and find useful. Basically, anything that I think would help people in one way or another which is an extension of my day job and passion.

I’ve been writing articles for my dad’s newsletter discussing tech topics for quick printers. That is my most consistent writing gig currently. I am going to start posting them somewhere shortly. Perhaps in the new site once I think it out enough to get it ready. In college, I wrote a humor article that filled an entire page under a pseudonym, Ask Bob. I really enjoyed that column. I had a lot of fun writing it. Even though my roommates were mostly the source for my questions for the parody Q&A column. I’d also riff on whatever topic I thought might bring a smile to someone’s face. One of my favorite articles was an interview with a Magic 8-Ball.

This is vital to my writing process because much of my writing happens when I’m commuting tapped into life on my iPod Touch. SimpleNote awesome syncing power and PlainText word processing, Dropbox syncing has made this possible. I’ll start an article or an idea and write until I was out of words on the iPod. Then when I moved to a computer I would edit, fix typos, and make the words into something better.

Even though I have many passions in life, design, photography, music and writing. My job now is to fix computers, in its simplest form. The other job I do all day is to communicate. Even though I may not be writing everyday for my own purposes or by trade.

Clear, concise communication is not just a pleasant alliteration but vital to my workday. I need to be able to walk people through all levels of complexity in problem solving and troubleshooting. Once I have a solution I need to be sure to communicate that clearly to the person having the issue. If I don’t, then I’m not helping the person and not doing my job.

I consider it paramount to provide the top level of support and help to those I serve at my company, many of which happen to be writers (reporters, bloggers). This support requires good communication. So even though writing is my not profession or even my favorite hobby, it is vital to what I do.

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