This week in Spain: a.k.a The messy column

Ok, here goes. Welcome to ‘This week in Spain: take 2’. I’m not going to pretend I haven’t written a least 7 different versions of this post bacause I have. In fact I’ve lost count of the times I’ve written and erased the first sentence (it’s kind of a thing writers do when their internal editor takes over). So for the upteenth time, here goes.

Drumroll, please…

I’d like to introduce you to my very new, very messy, weekly-ish column. They say there is no better way to refine your writing than by writing. Logical, right? So in an attempt to develop a writing habit of sorts I’m launching this section. It’s new. It’s raw. It’s messy. Right now I’m not sure what I’m doing, other than writing, but that’s a start, at least.

The journalist in me wanted to do a recap of Spanish news. The researcher in me said I didn’t have enough time to go beyond headlines. The perfectionist in me said ‘if you’re going to do it, do it right’. The cynic in me asked ‘why write what is already out there?’. The lazy version of me just wanted to give up and the procrastinator in me has put it off until now.

As you can tell, plan A kinda failed. Here’s to plan B.

‘What is plan B exactly?’, I hear you ask. I’m not 100% sure yet but if you bear with me we could find out together. (I’m looking for a bit of accountability, so if you’re reading this, give me a shout in the comments).

Think of it as a bag of Liquorice Allsorts. You’ll open it up, dip in and pull out something sweet. You won’t know what shape or colour it will be before you do, but it should generally have some resemblance of liquorice. In this case, you are likely to find a post on something pertaining to Third Culture, writing or travel that has taken place during the previous week. Then again, this is a messy column, so you might just find Jelly Babies in your Liquorice Allsorts bag. Come back next week to find out!

What do you do to practice your writing? Anything in particular you would like to read about here? Let me know below!

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