I recently started website called My Farm Education, and I had a random revelation about writing today, “if you want to write, think farming.” Bear with me here, there is a connection.
If you are a farmer, there are a few things that you need to be:
You have to be creative
As a farmer, you have to be creative. When a part breaks, you need to be able to come up with a creative solution to solve a problem. The solution you come with won’t always be the most obvious one, but it will get the job done.
Likewise, as a writer, you need to be able to come up with ideas and expand them. Writers have to make connections with different aspects in order to present old information in a creative and engaging way. Christopher Penn uses a hand coffee grinder for an activity called,” an enforced creative break.” Christopher made his post interesting and engaging. On top of that he related it back to marketing. If he can draw inspiration from a hand coffee grinder, you can think about how creative farmers are.
You have to build a community
Farmers take community very seriously. The community is their livelihood. If you don’t build strong community, you will have no one to come to your aid when something goes wrong. I experienced this first hand when I was on my in-laws farm during harvest time. My in-laws don’t own combine, but they know someone who has one and is willing to help out. That is the power of community.
Community is equally important for writers. These days you can build communities through social media, which you should be doing. By creating strong communities and relationships with other writers, you create a place that you can bounce you ideas around. Communities also act as a water cooler ( a place to chit-chat about work.) If you are a entrepreneur, this is where you have your daily coffee talk.
You have to use the tools you have
Farm implements are expensive, and they aren’t always possible to buy, so farmers have to use what they have. Sometimes that means they have to use what they have in a different way.
Writers have their individual talents as well. If you are good at writing long posts, write long posts. That is not to say that you always have to write long posts, it just means that you need to know what you are good at doing. It also means that you have to use your assents in creative ways.
You have to be constantly learning
Farmers are continual learners. They have to be constantly adjusting their techniques in order to get the largest yield from their crops. They must learn or else they are not going to persevere in farming.
Similarly, writers need to be continually learning and changing their methods to engage readers. It also helps to keep them captivated. If the learning ceases, the writing becomes dull.
Without trying new things your writing will become boring. That doesn’t matter if you are writing briefing notes or a blog, you have to try new things out and see how your readers react.
What do you think? Do writers need to think more like farmers?