Writing should be FUN not work


I was reading Julia Camerons book again – The Right to Write  this rainy sunday and one thing really resonated with me. She says “People who write out of ‘discipline’ are taking a substantial risk.  They are setting up a situation againest which they may one day rebel.”   She prefers the term ‘commitment’  It is softer on the writer.  You are not the stern boss who says you are a failure because you didn’t write today, you are a person commited to finishing your project but you don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t do it where or when you planned.

Personally, if I feel forced to do something, I rebel.  My inner child says No, I’ll do it when and where I want or even I’m never writing again.  I can try to convince my inner child with the promise of chocolate and the reward of a few written pages which works for awhile until she gets tired of being forced to sit at that desk staring at a blank screen.  She is not having fun. She hates writing.  What a stupid thing writing is. Fun is the only way you can make yourself show up for anything.  Make your writing time a pleasure, something you look forward to. Consider it a gossip session with yourself and the page.  Fill those pages with secrets that your characters  will share with your future reader.

Every successful writer has a writing style that works for them.  Some write mornings, some late, some by a window, others facing a wall.  The point is they found what works for them.  They found a style that makes writing more fun than not writing.  My inner child likes gentle words and fun.  I am commited to writing something everyday, whether it be in my notebook under a tree, on my laptop sitting at my desk, looking out my window or even on a napkin in the cafe.  It’s not in the howing it’s in the doing. Writing doesn’t get easier the more you do it, so enjoy the process now. Find what makes you jump up and say – Yea, I get to write today!

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.” Brenda Ueland.

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