On Writing

Write Everyday Something

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Write Everyday

Writers should write everyday. Not the shopping list, but a long descriptive piece about the day, a thought, or an impression. Sometimes ideas come from these small jaunts. Hemingway said to get started a writer must, “write one true sentence.”[footnote]1[/footnote]

“I’ve been lately thinking about my life’s time.” – John Denver

John Denver was a songwriter you wrote roughly five songs when he became a success. Some of the songs came easily. Others took their time to incubate.

“When asked if he had a specific method or approach to writing songs, Denver replies that he is a very unstructured writer. “I don’t sit down every day and try to write a song. For some people, it’s like a job and that’s what they do. They go in and try to write a song,” he says. “For me it quite often begins with a phrase like ‘leaving on a jet plane’ or ‘follow me’ or ‘back home again’ or ‘sunshine on my shoulders’.

“What’ll happen there’ll be a phrase or line that I’ve come up with. When I’m driving I’ll start writing the song in my head. Then when I get to a guitar, I’ll sit and play it on the guitar until the rest of the song comes. Some songs come very quickly. I wrote “Annie’s Song” in 10 minutes one day on a ski lift – that’s how I know it was 10 minutes. Then other songs like “Rocky Mountain High” took about six or seven months to write.” [footnote]2[/footnote]

I write everyday something. Mostly work assignments. When writing a piece for work I go into automatic mode and just seem to know what to write. It comes real easy. When I write for myself it takes more concentration and effort. It doesn’t come real easy.

The best stories come from taking time to write everyday a little something, especially creative writing. it will not come naturally if you never exercise the creative pallet. So for me, technical writing is a breeze; I do it a lot. And creative writing takes more time. I want to get the words just right. By sitting down and taking the time to write everyday I can make the creative more natural.

In all, writing is a process and takes practice. Taking the time to write something new will enable you to make it natural and effortless.

Footnotes:

  1. Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction
  2. John Denver: The Fifth Song He Wrote Was A Hit
  3. Aspens courtesy of Pixabay

 

© 2016, Michael Shawn Sommermeyer. All rights reserved.


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