Resolving to Write

Come Alive by Jonathan Mead

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?

(Author: Jonathan Mead)

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This one, for me, is very simple: write. Just write.

I keep preparing to write, buying new notebooks, new pens, cleaning up my desk (which I absolutely must have before I can do anything) but neglecting to do the most important part of it all — the point of it all and that is write!

I hit that blank page and all the ideas, all my thoughts and plans smack up against this locked door inside my brain and no matter how hard I shake my head, clean out my ears, tilt my head to the side to try to drain out those ideas, it is almost as if they are being kept from me – hidden away in the dark, moist recesses of my brain in some sort of cerebral prison and the key is nowhere to be found.

So rather than push on and just put some mileage down on paper, I back away from the computer and spend my time doing other things – better things.

And there those ideas sit, waiting for me to come and bail them out, give them a new life, a breath of fresh air.

That is something I must resolve to change if I truly want to inhabit my life as a writer.

Write Tracy, write. Resolve to write. Then DO it.

 

 

0 Replies to “Resolving to Write”

  1. A lot of times we just get out of our writing ‘zone’ and it’s very difficult to get back in, kind of like customs at the airport. The way I do it? I just open a Word Doc and just start writing without thinking about it, like a warm-up. Or like jumping into the cold ocean instead of dipping your toe in first.

  2. Freewriting is one way, as David said, but I find that following a routine helps A LOT. I check my email, my boards, make my posts, and then I’m supposed to write. Since I’ve established this routine, now when I get to the “then I’m supposed to write” part, I’m ready for it, most days anyway. lol But a routine does help, I think.

    You can do it. I know you can.

  3. I’ve already give you my skip-the-scene spiel so I’ll just say that you are not alone here 🙂 and that when you announce my GOD I am writing again y’all I am going to cheer you on.

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