It Begins with Words

Whether I am teaching writing or immersing myself in the craft, I have learned one very important lesson. What works for you may not work for me. 

Experienced writers often give out advice which includes where they write, what paper they use, what pen works best, and where their ideas come from.  Along comes a person who wants to spend more time with the written word, but doesn't know where to start. An experienced writer has shared all that works. It seems so daunting. "Oh dear....that room didn't work. Legal pads are better than a journal. What do you mean a red Bic pen?" 

I want to let you in on a  little secret. It begins with words. It doesn't matter where you are, what you are wearing, what you are drinking, or what color of ink you are using. It begins with words. 

Get the words down. With my own students I have an exercise called word spill. "Write down everything that comes to mind when I say............."Myself it is just beginning the words and writing until I can't think of anything else to say.  Whether thinking quietly first about the words helps, do it. For some it is brainstorming. Others read others' words to get inspired. It begins with words. Do what works for you.

I believe there are many writers that have much to say, but aren't writing because of being afraid it may not be done right.  Insecurity creeps in because they don't know the rules of the writing club. There is much to share, much to say, but  the person is crippled with writer's block.  

Guess what? There are no rules. You can't be wrong. That is why I love writing so much. I can do it anywhere, any time, any place. I can save it, rip it up, delete it, or publish it. I can put it here on my blog or share it with my students. They are my words. I put them all together and arranged them to suit me. I own them. 

Remember, it begins with the words. Oh... and you don't have to use an old typewriter!

What writing rituals work for you?

What holds you back when you have something you want to write?

What advice do you have for other writers?



1 comment:

  1. I love this! It took me a lot of years to just write, to ignore all the insecurities. To be honest, they still creep in, but I'm much better at setting them aside now. My new favorite quote... "It begins with words..." :)


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