Monday, March 30, 2015

Putting the words on a page

In the past week I have had numerous conversations with different people in my life about the challenges of 'getting the words on paper' or onto whatever medium. I have not been writing as often and as consistently as I would have liked. Last week my efforts were upended by a new computer and the ensuing setup issues - of course I could have always resorted to the old pen and paper but that would have been too easy.

A friend and fellow blogger Mama Loves Paris was unrestrained in her advice: "You can do it girl, just start and keep on writing!". I have slowly been putting the words down after spending an inordinate amount of time reading up on tips about writing from more sources than I dare to count. If only I spent my time more wisely.
Here are the tips I liked and which I have decided to apply to my writing habits going forward:

  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Have the courage to write badly
  • Treat writing as a job. Be disciplined
  • Be without fear. Too much fear and all you'll get is silence
  • Have more than one idea on the go at any one time
  • Finish the day's writing when you still want to continue
  • The way to write is to actually just write
  • Don't just plan to write - write!
That entire list pretty much sums up what I have not been doing for the last couple of months.
But change is in the air. So here's to holding myself accountable and to just putting the words on a page!


  1. I love these tips and I can so relate! Here's to the rest of the year of writing and spreading the joy it brings!

  2. They are definitely the go-to list to keep the momentum going Debbie. "Be without fear" should become our mantra:)