Reading about Writing: Starting

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

I finished reading On Writing today. The above quote stuck out because it resonates with me. It’s the reason a short break from writing, intended to just be one or two days, always stretches and stretches and stretches. This time it’s been a little over a week since I worked on Invisible Duke. Last time it was the whole month of June that I didn’t write. It’s that bit when my Outlook calendar goes ding with a reminder that says “21:00: Writing”, and I click dismiss and think “urgh, I don’t feel like it tonight.”

Writing discipline is hard. It worked in May, when I forced myself to be accountable by blogging my thoughts and progress every day. But it’s all to easy to lose the run and then let it slide and slide and slide, until a month has passed, or a week, since I was last a writer – after all, writers write, and if I haven’t written in a week, I think it’s fair to say I haven’t been a writer in a week.

So I guess I’d better suck it up and start.

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2 thoughts on “Reading about Writing: Starting

  1. I find that writing for me is all about momentum. If I skip a day I lose the momentum. So as long as I’m doing something (even if it’s just five minutes) I’ve kept it going. Good luck getting started!

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