1c) Write

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So write. Write a lot, Write often.
Begin writing or typing – just nonsense if that’s all that comes. But make yourself write. You can refine later. Don’t worry at first about perfect spelling or grammar. That can come with refinement later. Just make sure you can read what you’ve written. Keep putting all those notes together. In a 3-ring binder, on your computer in the same folder, in a box (if they’re tablets).

Don’t even worry if you ramble to an entirely different topic or story while you’re writing. Once those creative juices are flowing, your side item might actually become the one to pursue. Keep all ideas open.

Carol Goodman (award-winning author) says that she takes the first moments of her writing time to proof-read and edit her previous day’s work. Then she’s back in the “mood” to continue on subject. She uses lined notebooks, writing only on the right side pages. She saves the blank left sides for ideas and comments that come to her as she works. Then she can look on those left side pages when hunting back for her notes with additional ideas.

Those notebooks (all the same size and color) are on bookshelves, dated, so she can go back again and again to review her notes.

Flannery O’Connor wrote:
I’m a full time believer in writing habits . . .You may be able to do without them if you have genius, but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or it dries up and blows away. . . . I don’t let anything interfere with those . . . hours at the same time and the same place.”   Flannery O’Connor
(Quote thanks to “Writer’s Almanac” March 25, 2015 on PBS radio)

 

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