Reason #7 Why Folks Don’t Write

Reason # 7:
Sometimes would-be writers don’t get going because they THINK. This is in error. When you think, you can’t write. Thinking gets in the way because it is busy analyzing, sorting, figuring, deciding, responding, and generally imposes conclusion.

Thinking also leads to writing ABOUT and that is tricky, too. Maybe it’s a response to a question like “How was your day?” or “What did you do on your summer vacation?” or, “Tell me a story.” Responding isn’t writing. It’s sorting. Writing about something isn’t writing. It’s describing.

Not to say thinking isn’t important in writing. It is. It’s editing. Editing is fixing words so they confrom to understandable forms. That’s a good thing because it doesn’t do any good to write and have no readers. However, editing is not okay during the time you are writing. So, go. Just go.

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About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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