From Stephen King to Katie Yeakle and Rebecca Matter, experts encourage aspiring writers to write every day.
Just like other artists and professionals, practicing your art, skill, or trade consistently is what makes the difference between an amateur and a master. Michael Jordan practiced every day… taking shots over and over until he became the legendary basketball player he is. Jimi Hendrix is said to have played his guitar all the time (although he didn’t call it practice).
Writing is another one of those skills that must be practiced. As Stephen King advises in his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
Regular, consistent practice is all about training our brains… teaching them to perform a certain action better and faster. But have you ever wondered how it works?
Our brains are the original super-computers. They’re made up of neurons, more commonly referred to as brain cells, and neuroglia, the neurons’ support cells.
The neurons are responsible for carrying messages or signals to other neurons. These signals are actually electrical (or electrochemical) impulses that are transmitted from neuron to neuron through connectors called dendrites. Each dendrite makes multiple connections to the next neuron. Each neuron may be linked to thousands of other neurons. And there are between 100 trillion and as many as a quadrillion of these connections in a single human brain.
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