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December 29, 2012

Promises to Write

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 4:29 pm

The new year will be here soon and you are already trying to figure out how you are going to get yourself writing. You promise yourself every year that this time you will follow through and get those haunting stories onto paper. You promise yourself you will get up an hour early and devote time just like John Grisham did — and look at his success! It all seems so set in stone until that cold morning when you just don’t want to get out of bed. You promise if you think the story intensely enough it will show up on paper some time during the day — but it never does. You forget about feeling lousy about not following through, but that’s okay, you will do better tomorrow but tomorrow has demands of its own.

I wish I had a magic bullet to make you follow through on your self-promises. All I can say is get yourself out of bed no matter what the weather. You can put a pen and paper in the bathroom to write during quiet moments, you can set it by your coffee cup so when you sip you can write. You can leave it on your pillow with another promise that you will write before falling asleep.

Kill the mind games. Don’t let your mind work through excuses. There are no excuses. None. Pick a word: roads. Write for ten minutes – go! (p. 59 of The Mindful Writer, Still the Mind, Free the Pen http://www.createspace.com/3546101)

Topic: Holding hands (p. 121 The Mindful Writer)

Finish this sentence: I know that I can’t tolerate . . . (p. 117 The Mindful Writer)

Just open The Mindful Writer, Still the Mind, Free the Pen, take the first word, sentence, topic, or page number your eyes land on and write. Still the Mind, Free the Pen is the subtitle. You can do it. I have faith that you can do this.

Until next time,

Jan

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