What would you need to maintain the writing and its perfection?
Now that you have that hot and fresh in your mind–scratch it and burn it.
Why? Here is why.
Writing time, schedules and circumstances may never be perfect. Ever. If there were, there would be more writers! There are even certain books of the Christian Bible that are/were written under times of war, panic and duress!
There may never be a perfect time to write, but you have to make the time you have perfect. Trust me, it’s possible.
Let’s talk about why you stare at the pages or screens.
This is done for two reasons:
1.) You don’t know what to say.
2.) You are scared of what you might say.
As a writer, some things are inevitable. Criticism and second guessing and deconstruction are some of them. Yet, write anyway. Good writing, bold writing is a little scary. You are pulling something out of the creative ether and bringing it to reality–that alone is scary.
But do it any way.
Don’t allow a screen or a blank page to stop what you want to create. You are your first audience.
*Note: This concept will be discussed on The Writers’ Block podcast on 9/26. This podcast can be found wherever you get your podcasts, see the end of the post to get all info!
I had an English professor, Dr. Karen Kalenevitch, who gave us a trick to combat the hell that is writers’ block. She told us about something she called the story machine.
Now, what is this you ask? I’ll tell you.
You take an empty bag and write random phrases, places, date or names on it and throw them in the bag. You shake it up, and pull out 3 slips of paper. From those pieces of paper, you can construct a story. Perhaps from there, a free write. From there, a draft. From that draft, a revision. From revisions, to stories.
You may never know what you come up with.
With Love & Ink,
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I want you to know that you have so many stories. You have so many stories on the inside of you. I want you to be brave enough to look for them. This week, during the second week of Back To Writing Month, I want you to find what is brewing in your mind and go after it.
I want you to seek it out.
Don’t shy from it.
Get at the story. Chase it. Don’t let it get away this time.