Wednesday, July 16, 2014

8 Reasons to Write Something RIGHT Now!

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

We writers tend to be an odd lot. We obsess about learning to write better. We hang out with writers online and in person. We buy books on How to Write, How to Write Better and How to Sell What We Write.

But we do almost anything we can to avoid the actual act of writing. Nothing shuts down a writer quicker than a blank page and/or a blinking cursor.

We comfort our guilt-ridden internal writer with the promise of writing when
  • That closet is clean.
  • The kitchen is organized.
  • The laundry is done.
  • Facebook is checked one last time.
  • Dinner is cooked.
  • Groceries are bought.
You get the idea.

Truthfully, the longer we postpone sitting down and writing, the harder it gets. Avoidance gives volume to those nasty little voices that live in a writer’s head. Voices that say:
  • You’re not good enough.
  • No one will ever read this.
  • You’ll never get published.
  • No one will ever take you seriously.
  • You’ll never sell anything.
You know. You’ve heard those voices.

Today I’d like to share 8 reasons to write something RIGHT now.

1. You’re not getting any younger. I know, it’s a cruel truth to begin with. But it doesn’t matter how young (or old) you are, time marches on.

2. It won’t get any easier to start, but it WILL get easier once you begin. The hurdle is the starting. And it’s a hurdle that has to be surmounted every single day of your writing life. Beginning rarely gets any easier.

3. If you don’t start, you’re already a failure and the voices have won. I hear a lot of writers say that if they don’t start (or don’t submit) they won’t fail. That’s a lie. If you won’t start, you’ve already failed.

4. As a writer, NOT writing will hurt you. I’ve seen writers deal with depression, anxiety and other issues that immediately disappeared when they sat down and began to write.

5. Practice makes perfect. There’s only so much improvement you can make by learning about writing. It’s time to put what you know into practice.

6. Only writing makes you a writer. Talking/Learning about it doesn’t really count.

7. What you have to share through the written word matters. Yes, this applies to everyone. We all have things to contribute to the lives of others. The way a writer does this is through the written word. So get on with it, someone needs to read what you have to say.

8. If you don’t, you’ll always regret it. I’ve never met a writer who regretted writing, but I’ve met plenty who regretted NOT writing.

It doesn’t matter if I’m working on a book, a blog post, or something else. I have to remind myself about these things almost every time I sit down to write. We all fight the idea that we don’t have a contribution to make that’s worth the effort.

What about you? Please add to the list of reasons to write, RIGHT now. We’re all stronger together.

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  1. How true your words are Edie! I've had seasons in my writing when I wrote every day. Before blogging, I kept journals. I love that I can look back and read them to see my growth. And I also get to see how God was active in answering my prayers in His timing and His way. :)

    Lately, I've been working 10-11 hour days at summer camp. So my writing has been sporadic. I look forward to next month when I can get back to a more normal schedule of writing.

    1. Debbie, good additions to the list! And you're so right, there are times when life keeps us from being consistent. We need to give ourselves grace then. Blessings, E

  2. This is so true!!! Often I tell people I am a writer and they tell me about a book they have always been meaning to write, but have yet to start. Thanks for the reminder to get those stories of our hearts on the page.

    1. Michelle, that is so frustrating for me too! Thanks so much for stopping by, Blessings, E

  3. I needed this push today, Edie--thank you! Blessings. :)

    1. Kiersti, we all need a push every now and then! Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

  4. Thanks soo much for this post Edie! Just what I needed to do. You're right, writers write.

    1. Val, glad to help! Thanks for stopping in! Blessings, E

    2. I got to clean the kitchen; I got to throw that load of laundry in and run to the bank and drop off library books then....I'll do it. Boy was this my language. So, Now I'll write BUT first...Teacher may I get some ice-cream to make the time go creative? LOL...Thanks Edie. Needed this...Beth

  5. Really motivating blog post! And to be honest, the first point should be scary enough to motivate anyone! :) Plus, you never know what is lying in wait around the corner. Write like time is a precious commodity - because it is.