THE DISCIPLINE OF WRITING

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“Writing is the painting of the voice.”  Voltaire

What does it take to be a writer?  No it isn’t the flashiest computer money can buy.  It has little to do with your opinion.  It’s really nothing more than a discipline.  So, as with all things that require repetition and thought, do it regularly.  Some days are better than others.  We can ignite a page with words that seem like literary genius or we can have no merit whatsoever.  The fact that we continue to write is key.

I’ve been a writer since I was old enough to put words together on paper.  I’m an average writer.  There are far more talented people out there who know how to mesh words together into a tapestry so brilliant that they inspire, encourage and motivate.

I discovered early on that I wasn’t good at keeping a journal, but I encourage students to do so.  My problem is that I can’t read my own handwriting, so I go straight to my computer to compose.  However you choose to write – write.  Set aside a time each day that works for you.  I’ve trained myself to do my writing early morning, since that’s the time my mind seems to function best.

Find a quiet place to do it.  Having many things going on around you can be a great distraction, and as we get older, multi-tasking isn’t easy. The beautiful thing about writing is that all you need is a corner of a room devoted for that purpose.  I’ve found that making a habit of writing before I do anything else in a day, has worked for me.  Choose what works best for you.

Take time to think before you put your thoughts down on paper.  Do any research necessary.  Write things you know about – your experiences as a parent, your hobbies, your talents, your testimony, your walk with God.  Those things may seem mundane to you, but they may be just what someone needs to hear at the moment.

Don’t expect to become famous or rich.  Being an artist of any kind is really over rated.  Many think that those in the arts are independently wealthy, because the have time to pursue their “hobby.”  For most artists, their “hobby” is their livelihood and if you sell something it’s great, but the sales don’t come often.  There aren’t many authors who can rely only on what they make as a writer to pay the bills.

Don’t go into any of the arts with the feeling that you are the only one good at your craft.  There are thousands of writers, performers and artists out there, with the same idea of success that you have.  However, you should never underestimate your own gifts.  God has blessed all of us with amazing talents.  Our job is to figure out how to use them to advance His kingdom

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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9 Responses to THE DISCIPLINE OF WRITING

  1. Salvageable says:

    Great advice. ” There are far more talented people out there who know how to mesh words together into a tapestry so brilliant that they inspire, encourage and motivate.” That sentence alone is a lovely tapestry. J.

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  2. I am still working on this discipline thing. I want so much to have a dedicated corner of our cabin and a set time each day to write without interruption but I am not quite to that season of life yet. As my nest empties, I do have more free time but, even though my family is supportive, I always feel like I am neglecting them when I am hunched over the keyboard. So I snatch writing time here and there and hope my words don’t come out as disjointed as my writing “schedule” is right now. Reading and commenting on other’s writing is a luxury item. Do you have any tips for balancing writing time with family responsibilities?

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I totally understand your not wanting to take valuable time away from your family. Even though it’s just me and my husband now, I often feel I’m infringing on our time together. Fortunately I’m married to an artist who understands the necessity to express creatively. I’m blessed for that reason. Still there are times I need to devote to reading and commenting on other blogs and I fall short. I usually do my writing before my husband gets up in the morning, but lately he’s been getting up before me. Guess his creative juices are flowing at the same time as mine. I also try to read and comment later, after he’s gone to bed – but usually I’m the first to go to bed. We compromise by giving each other time to spend on our art. It’s a lot harder when you have children, but it can be done. I used to stay up all night sewing clothes for my kids, because it was the only time I could be alone. Blessings on your writing. It is a good means of therapy for you at this critical time in your life. Everyone should be able to carve out an hour or two for their personal use. We all need to be alone sometimes. I know what it’s like though. I remember spending every second with my children, even when I had to use the bathroom. God’s blessings to you.

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  3. I’d like to be a writer someday. For now, though, I’ll do whatever it is that I do. I can’t call myself a writer. I’d like to be called an encourager for now.

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  4. Beautiful. I keep writing as an ordinary, not brilliant, writer and can keep going with thanks to people like you who encourage.

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