Writing is easier than showing up to write is. There’s a Bible verse that’s a perfect prompt for inspirational writers who are reluctant to put ink to paper; but before I share it with you, I want to write about some other things first.
Once I’ve got a Word Doc open, I tend to forge ahead with words. There’s a quote I often note to myself. It inspires me to gather my thoughts and form sentences from them. Here it is:
You can’t edit a blank page.
My, oh, my, this has helped me. A. Lot. Even if a first draft is a complete dud, it is closer to a completed article than a blank page is. Sometimes we just need to show up and spew a bunch of rambling thoughts down. Later, we can look over them with editor eyes and chuck out dull stuff and keep the paragraphs, phrases, or sentences that sparkle.
When we’re stuck, let’s remember: we can’t edit a blank page.
I love this age of word processors:
• It’s easy to delete paragraphs.
• It’s a snap to shuffle them around the page.
• It’s a breeze to copy and paste new sections into old drafts.
Yes, once I’m started, I find it easier to get going.
Like I said, it’s the planting my pants in front of my keyboard that’s the most challenging.
One of the ways you inspire me here on this InScribe blog is by your honesty. You’re honest about the struggle to sit thyself down at thy computer and write. Humans have a need to know they’re not alone. When we struggle, we are comforted and encouraged to hear we’re normal. Thank. You.
I’m amazed how much more housework and hobbies appeal to me when I have a writing deadline looming. I may think about cleaning a dirty fridge or crafting a junk journal for days without being interested enough to actually start the process; yet, once I have to start a writing project, cleaning and crafting suddenly take on an exciting aura that easily ensnares me.
I’m telling you this because I’m hoping my honesty will encourage you. At the moment I began the first draft for this post, I had a journal project and a cleaning rag begging me to submit to their enticements. I decided I would check my to-do list first. There, written on my day calendar, were the words: InScribe Post. That meant I needed to start it. I like to have the first draft written at least a week ahead. Yikes. There were only six days till it was to go live.
A first draft doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. Having a few paragraphs down is a huge help toward finishing it later. Not only can we not edit a blank page—we can’t complete a document that doesn’t exist.
Now here is where I share the Bible verse that’s a sure motivator for even the most reluctant writer:
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (TLB)
I hope this blessed you, because you blessed me. Now I need to go and grab the cleaning rag. Afterwards I’ll make a fresh cup of coffee and dive into art/junk journaling.
I’m nosy-to-know what inspires you to sit down and write? I’m also nosy-to-know what creative enticements keep you away from your keyboard? And most important of all, I’m nosy-to-know which Bible verse motivates you to sit thyself down?
Blessings as we write our way through 2021 ~ Wendy Mac
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