Write. Because That’s What You Do

 

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I am sitting at my desk with a large baked potato in front of my iPad. I am eating before writing or perhaps I am thinking and eating before I am writing. My back hurts. My brain is tired from working eight hours at my day job but I am here right now for a regular writing session.

I have projects to work on so I have no excuse not to write. And I know if I don’t make use of this time, it will be gone and I will have lost the opportunity to do what I enjoy: to write.

It doesn’t always come easily and I don’t always feel inspired. But that doesn’t mean I can’t do it. I can write the worst junk out there and it will be better than if I went and cleaned the bathroom. If I give myself a choice like that, writing wins out.

According to writer, Jennifer Egan:

“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”

Well I’ve eaten my potato so it’s time to sit down and write whatever I can. The worst or the best. It doesn’t matter. It will pay off. I will feel good spending the time doing what I love And the words and ideas I am looking for will come either tonight or maybe while I am out walking or doing something else. That’s the thing about inspiration. It strikes at the oddest of times.

Whether it does now or later, I will show up to write now. Showing up to write is like stoking the fire.

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. ” —Neil Gaiman

Now go write.

MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”

 –Neil Gaiman
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There are a ton of books, blogs and classes out there with advice on how you should write.

Sure it’s interesting to hear what other successful writers do but in the end it’s not about them.

It’s about YOU.

What I think is important about writing and creativity is that you do it your way.

Writing practice on any given day is like anything you practice. Some days are good but other days not so much.  Why you like to write comes from inside you.

Find the structure, the books, the rituals, and the reasons you like to write and use them to better yourself.

You are a unique and creative individual who has his/her own light that needs to shine.

Consider writing as a practice that you enjoy and want to do.  Lower our expectations.

I also believe writing comes from a healthy curiosity and a playful mood.   We never tell a child how to play. Likewise, we need to give ourselves freedom to explore our own creativity.

HAVE FUN!!

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If we think that in order to be a real writer that we have to sit down in a chair for eight hours a day when we genuinely don’t like to work that way and ignore the things that bring us joy, we destroy our own confidence, creativity and willingness to grow as a writer,  in our own time.

Inspiration goes where attention flows.

The basic definition of a writer is someone who writes.

How you do it is up to you.

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