The Writer’s Life

“Writing is an act of self-cherishing.”~Julia Cameron

I believe everyone has a writer in them.

They may choose to use it differently than Blogging, or publishing a book, but it’s there waiting to be released. This year I’m practicing having the writer’s life. What does that look like to you?

The Morning Pages are not nourishing my life at this stage of the journey, but a couple of other suggestions in that book do resonate.

Those suggestions will be Blog topics, but today I wish to share quotes from another book I’m devouring by Julia. Everything she say’s in this book feeds the writer, and we need to feed ourselves.

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For me, writing shouldn’t feel like a chore.

When I strive to ‘think something up’, writing becomes something I must stretch to achieve.

I write for the sheer fun of it, along with the hope of inspiring at least one soul. Stop putting everything and everyone in front of your writing. That’s how we tell ourselves, ‘we don’t have time’ to write.

“Taking time to write in our lives gives us the time of our lives”~Julia Cameron

Maybe you’re not in the mood to write.

Julia says, “Any mood is a good writing mood. The trick is to simply enter whatever mood like a room and sit down and write from there.”

My favorite quote by Julia so far is this.

“It is observing and writing something down, not thinking something up.”

I write what I observe. Thank you Julia for helping me believe that we can live the writer’s life.

Just Write

Looking through my Reader at the list of people I follow is disturbing. There are so many writers not writing. Some have not published a post for days, weeks, even months. If you are on WordPress right now reading this, I have to ask…”Are you writing?”

I met a girlfriend for coffee this morning. 🙂

She has the potential of becoming a great writer!

She told me what her sister said about her writing. She said,”You are just doing that for attention.”

That was disturbing for me on so many levels.

We agreed that her sister tried to hurt her, and what she said is mean. I responded with, “I guess it depends whether or not you’re willing to let that stop you.” She is not writing as much as before.

 

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I’ve read a lot of ‘rules of writing’, and had to let them go. The rules caused me to second guess my writing. Do you know the secret of being a writer?

You have to WRITE! It’s that simple.

I’ve taken many a break from posting Blogs. I even thought at one time of giving up writing. It was probably one of the saddest moments of my life, but that is what happens when your break is too long.

It feels easier to quit than to start writing again.

It doesn’t matter how many times we begin again, as long as we don’t quit altogether. I publish more now than I have in a long time, and you know what changed? I did. I stopped analyzing and I just write.

I stopped watching the stats. I stopped caring what everyone thinks. I stopped feeling like a spammer for publishing two posts in one day.

I decided to write for the pure joy of writing, still holding hope that someone would grasp something from it. When I felt an urge to write, (like now), to just let it flow, and stop letting things stand in the way. It has become a priority for me because Lord knows the only way to get better at it is by doing! 

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One of my all time favorite quotes.

Who says you have to have a researched topic?

Some of my favorite Blog posts are written by people struggling to write! They usually have some sort of breakthrough by the end of the post, and feel better. If nothing else, they get kudos for writing!

I begin each day inside my Reader over coffee.

Out of all the Blogs I follow, there may be half a dozen new posts each morning. If I follow you, I want to hear every word you’re thinking.

You don’t need permission to fill up my Reader.

I have plenty of coffee, and I enjoy spending my morning with you. Let me encourage you to forget what everyone else is saying, thinking or doing and just write. And then hit publish. I’ll bring the coffee.