Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Secret To Writing

After our last writing practice session, it came to me, the Secret To Writing.

The Secret To Writing is to let the tip of the pen actually make contact with the paper, then flex the muscles of the fingers, wrist, and arm in such a fashion that words begin to form.

Sounds easy? Now comes the tricky part. You have to do it every day. Or at least so often that it feels like every day.

The amazing thing is that by forcing the pen to move, whether you have thoughts behind it or not, writing happens. Words place themselves in that unique combination that is yours. It's only with daily practice that the words start to feel comfortable enough that they're willing to tumble out of your head to the paper.

You just need to put the pen to the paper and get out of the way.

The Leaky Pen, Vol.1 Issue 2, September 1998

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