Hey, guys! And welcome back. I've got some excellent news for you: I'll be back from my hiatus next week. Some amazing stuff has gone down that's worth coming out of this revision hole and start being a true blogger. Again, I appreciate everyone who has guested so far.
Today, we have Tasha Seegmiller visiting, touching on a topic I've given much thought to recently. She started blogging not too long ago and has already made an impressive mark to the world in both her writing and insightful posts, like what you're about to read ...
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When David said he needed some guests to help out, it was just the chance I have been waiting for to say a sort of thank you for inspiring me to start a blog. His kindness and example have impacted me in a way that completely changed my life.
(Sorry, DPK has to jump in on that. I had no idea, Tasha! Thank you, and you're very much welcome)
We hear people all the time talk about the importance of writing every day. I don't know about you, but when I think about writing every day, I think it is so I can keep the habit, it is how I prove I'm serious about writing, etc. But I recently read a book that completely changed my viewpoint on that.
The book is The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.
This book explores the reasons there are hot pockets of talent all around the world, discussing whether is it nature or nurture that is allowing these people to flourish. Come to find out it's kind of both and kind of neither.
Warning: This is going to get just a little technical - stick with me.
If you are like me, you may think it is neurons and synapses that keep our brains really working, but for the brain to work efficiently, it needs to have layers and layers of myelin, which kind of serves as insulation for the nerves. I'll let Coyle explain:
1. Every human movement, thought or feelings is a precisely timed electric signal traveling through a chain of neurons - a circuit of nerve fibers. 2. Myelin is the insulation that wraps these nerve fibers and increases signal strength, speed and accuracy. 3. The more we fire a particular circuit, the more myelin optimizes that circuit, and the stronger, faster, and more fluent our movements and thoughts become.
It's as simple as this. The more we write and the more regularly we write, the more capable our brain is to write. It will be faster, fire synapses faster, make connections better. And when we let it slump off, we are literally allowing part of our brain to be weaker, enabling it to be slower.
Once we have discovered something we want to accomplish, and have learned from the experts (hello blogland!) the only thing preventing us from being truly talented writers is us.
I'm Tasha, and I've got some myelin to build.