Start Writing

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It was November. I was reading an interview posted on one of my favorite blogs, Marta Writes. Marta’s mother, Marty Ann Halverson, had published a book, Son of a Gun.  Marta asked her questions, and the answers she gave seemed to speak directly to me.  I especially grabbed on to one quotation about writing that I knew I wanted to keep close to me. So I scribbled it down on a pale yellow index card.

The words fit in ever so nicely with the same advice I’d heard dozens of times in the past two years – from Chris Hardwick via the Nerdist Podcast [if you want to be inspired to get moving creatively, start with Nerdist #15 – it’s old, but a favorite!], from Anne Lamott, and from fellow writers/artists/musicians/creators I know in real life.

I’ve believed it, this advice. I’ve reminded myself of it, time and time again when I tell myself I just need to get it started in order to get it done. I’ve known it and I’ve adopted it as my own to-do philosophy.  But, shockingly [#orsomething],  I haven’t actually done it very much. I haven’t carved out time every month, or week, or day to sit down and get my writing on. 

But, I did make a sparkly frame.  I took a plain wooden frame from the dollar store, covered it in Mod Podge, then covered it in tiny sparkly heart shaped sequins.  I guess that means I’m serious now. Right?

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Time to trade in the Mod Podge for some bum glue.

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7 thoughts on “Start Writing

  1. sarah @ sarah learns

    i need to adopt this attitude for my dissertation writing. now is the time that i really need to buckle down and write something every day if i’m going to finish it by august.

    but ugh. i don’t want to!

  2. Kelly@Chow-Daily

    Haha, what a cute quote. It’s true…if you plan on doing something rather than just getting moving and doing it, you’ll most likely over think the fact that you want to do it, and just end up wasting time. I like this idea of framing a quote in your own hand writing, its a personal touch that can remind you day after day of something that’s really important to you, even if it’s out of context. I might have to find a quote about writing poetry, as it used to be my passion but I haven’t had much time in recent years to do it, but it really was the perfect way to get out all of my emotions, and definitely decreased my stress level. I’ll also obviously have to look up some Mod Podge ideas! 🙂

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  4. Gretchen

    This really is the only thing that works. It’s nerdy to say out loud, but I’ve started writing a novel and honestly, more often than not it’s sitting in my chair and staring at my Word document that makes the words come. That quote hits it on the head when it says “planning is the enemy of finishing”. I’ve been “planning” this book since the beginning of the year and had about a chapter until I forced myself to get serious and just write. That committment came in June, and in barely over a month I’m up to 8 chapters and 25,000 words. It works. Great post!
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  5. Kate Stewart

    This truly is the main thing that works. It’s geeky to say boisterously, however I’ve begun composing a novel and truly, as a general rule it’s sitting in my seat and gazing at my Word archive that makes the words come. That quote hits it on the head when it says “arranging is the foe of wrapping up”. I’ve been “arranging” this book since the start of the year and had around a part until I constrained myself to quit fooling around and simply compose. It works. Incredible post!

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