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Write Everyday Something

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.


  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


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