Today’s writing advice: “Let the words flow.”(Read on for more … and please share yours!)
This week I began writing in earnest.
Let me clarify: I’m always writing something. Blog posts. Consulting assignments. Notes to myself — from to-do lists to musings on life.
This week, I took my own best writing advice to heart and began investing in something longer, something that I can envision growing into the book I’ve been putting off for a long time, something that is going to take a lot of A.I.S.
Today was Day 3 on my new Earnest Writing Plan, and I am approximately 5,500 words in. Do I think these words are in their final form? Haha, no. That’s not how I work.
But I am excited about how a story is emerging, and surprised — even intrigued by — the direction the thoughts are heading. When I write, my mind makes connections that my non-writing mind misses. (Sometimes, as a person, I learn a lot from my writing mind.)
So today’s piece of advice is this: Let the words flow. If they aren’t flowing, write about something else until they do.
The other day I mentioned my writing project to a writer-friend. “I found myself holding an out-of-control metaphor by the tail,” I wrote in my email. “It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was interesting for a little while!”
By the end of my writing time, I had pruned that metaphor back into something I could live with.
But I never would have found it had I not just let the words and ideas flow and take me for that wild ride!
Let it flow …
Would you like more thoughts on how to get your writing started? Check out my post about the visual artist Jackson Pollock and how his techniques have inspired me (and my students) to get started on a piece of writing!