If you’re stuck in your writing or struggling to start, it’s almost always due to one thing:
You’ve reached the end of what you know (or you're letting what you don't know keep you from writing what you do know).
In my entire career as a writer, if I could boil writing down to 2 dictums, they would be these:
That’s why I see so many non-writers get stuck.
One of the hardest things to learn about writing is who you are and what YOU are best able to write. It’s not about trying to squeeze your story into anyone else’s box.
I tell you this because I spent years thinking I was supposed to write a certain way. And it kept me from writing what I was always meant to write.
And it’s keeping you from writing what you’re mean to write too.
I could write a thousand articles on “how to write” and I’d still only scratch the surface. That’s why, sometimes, the best thing I can offer you and your writing is inspiration.
As I spent these past several weeks putting together plans for my business, and my own writing, in the new year, I couldn’t help but be inspired by a word that started to reveal itself to me.
But it’s not a word you might normally pay attention to….
By this time of year, most of us have given up on writing.
We didn't meet that "Write my book" goal we made this time last year. The holidays are occupying all of our extra space, if we had any to begin with. And we’re exhausted from another year. At this point, you’re ready to sleep for two weeks, hide under a blanket wearing your favorite pj's, and start a diet of leftovers, chocolate, and spiked drinks. (Should we go ahead and make plans for next year?)
So I wanted to go into my collection to find the perfect advice on writing from one of my favorite books.
Before you start writing, I need to back up a little bit.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you the “ultimate tool to make time to write.”
Because it's probably the Number 1 question I get asked by women who want to write: "How do I make time to write?"
But it’s not really the question to be asking.