What Gets You Started Writing?

Last night I attended a writers guild and the speaker challenged audience members to take a look at what gets them started writing.

Some write sporadically, which means they only write when the muse moves them.

Some write religiously, which means they either write at a specific time of day or they write a specific amount of time a day (such as 30 minutes).

Some have writing rituals like setting up their writing area in a specific configuration, turning on a specific type of music, etc.

Writers often want to write, but don’t.

Why not? They enjoy writing too much! Some even get lost in their writing as time escapes them. They look up from their writing and discover they’ve lost hours they could have been doing something else like cutting grass, cleaning house, etc. Then they feel guilty for doing what they want to do instead of what they ought to do.

Put away the guilt. Figure out what gets you started writing and create those starting triggers so you get your pen to paper or finger to keyboard. No one can write what you write. Stop denying yourself and your readers and share your writing. If you don’t, it won’t happen.

Happy writing!

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5 Responses to “What Gets You Started Writing?”


  1. 1 athousandscreamingrabbits October 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Indeed! I choose to put away the guilt, the excuses, and write, write, write.

    Thanks for the great blog post. Subscribed!

  2. 3 xmas tree cutting your own ontario August 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never
    understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.

    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get
    the hang of it!

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