Hemingway Mode

As creatives, we dwell over our own work. We think that our work is not good enough. Indeed, it may never be good enough. That’s why there’s always room for improvement, for us to stride towards higher plateau. 

The writing process should be as honest as possible. Type everything down, think about what to discard and edit later. When we write as we think, it pushes procrastination to the side and enable us to move forward with momentum.

Momentum is a delicate and critical building block in whatever endeavour we decide to pursuit in. With any project, especially new assignment, the fear of not knowing where to start and how our work might eventually turn out will halt our progress. When we over-think too much, we get sucked into the dimension of withdrawing to the safe habour. The safe habour is of course the constant critic within us that bemoans our craft.

Now, imagine if we are typing on a typewriter. When mistakes are made, it remain there. We have a choice of starting fresh or continue typing with the flaw in the writing. Typos can be corrected in the later draft, sentences can be structured in a different manner. But the idea behind the writing can only be achieved when we believe in what we are doing.

When the only way in front of us is forward, we don’t look back as often as we used to. Word by word, we can only put words on the screen. We can’t backspace because it’s not allowed.

This is Hemingway Mode.