Write Time

January 21, 2018

Writing to be Read

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kay @ 9:44 pm

“I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you.”—Asha Dornfest (via Writing About Writing FB group, originally from Goins Writer)

I’m finding this quote a great inspiration as I sit in front of a blank screen, typing and deleting, trying again and again to find a way to put thoughts into words. What do I want to write about? That doesn’t seem to be as important as I know it should be. Over the past few years, most times I sit down to write I worry more if what results will be something that anyone would want to read.

It’s probably not a surprise, then, that my main difficulty in writing is in finishing anything.

Daily journaling is helping to loosen up my the inner workings of my writing mind, long disused but still intact. Words flow, sentences accumulate, I say what I want to say without much second guessing.

When it comes to writing for someone else to read, however, hesitation and resistance get in my way. I want it to be just right. I want to make a good impression. Journaling is like wearing holey sweatpants and a stained shirt. While that’s perfectly comfortable for lounging at home, it’s not how I want to meet a new acquaintance. Any writing meant for others’ eyes needs to be more formal than what I easily pour into a journal entry.  I’m not talking haute couture, just preferably something not covered in wrinkles and cat hair.

The good news is that we can be as sloppy as we want to be while we’re drafting. The real writing magic happens when you edit. A paragraph that started out like worn out sweatpants can be transformed into freshly pressed linen the more you revise and refine what you’re trying to say.

Rejoice that you are a writer! It’s a lot easier to make changes to writing than it is to  modify, say, oil paintings or marble sculptures. And no one needs to know how long it took you to get it to where it is when you share it!




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