I’m always looking for that one piece of writing genius that will make the muse move straight from my heart to my hand creating magical word worlds onto paper. Deep in my soul I already know what it happens to be, and always have known.
The only way to write is…(drumroll, please) to write.
It’s not hard to figure out, but it does the one thing good advice usually does; it puts it right back into the advice seekers hands. It doesn’t rely on destiny, fate, a perfect time when the planets and stars are in perfect alignment or even the perfect pen, although, I DO love a great pen. In order to write, you (and I) must write.
It’s hard to begin. It’s hard to write the middle. It’s hard to find a satisfying end. Believe me, I understand, but the only way to do it is to just do it. It may be bad writing at first, but as you write, you’ll learn more about writing, your voice and what works.
This advice, or lack thereof, reminds me of an old joke. “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.” Or even “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice.”
Find a few minutes in your day and write. That’s how writers write.
Don’t forget about NaNoWriMo in November – National Novel Writing Month.