free the pen, a blog for writers

June 7, 2013

Just One Word!

Filed under: Uncategorized — freethepen @ 2:29 pm

The other day I met with a friend for lunch. She remarked that she was frustrated because she couldn’t find time to write. A story was burning inside her and she couldn’t get it out of her mind. She went on and on and on about not having time to write and it was clear that she was about to give birth but just needed someone to tell her to push.

I ripped out a page in my little notebook, handed her a pen, and told her to write one word about her story that needed to get on the page. She looked up at the ceiling and within a few seconds wrote something. I told her each time she thought about her story to take out the paper and write just one more word-just one but to keep her pen moving on her idea.

Last I heard she was busy writing her story. Write – just one word at a time – but write.

Keep the pen moving,





  1. Loved the analogy of giving birth. I’ve had three labors and childbirths and I swear sometimes sitting down to write is more painful. I Like the idea of one word.

    Comment by changesinlife — June 7, 2013 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

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