Just Say Yes

When you feel the urge to write, just say yes. If you have no paper use whatever is at hand, napkin, kleenex, receipt whatever. If you don’t act on the idea, it will vanish into thin air or somewhere, never to be heard from again.

Sometimes you can remember, but you may not have that same aha feeling you had in the first place, so when it strikes: say YES and capture it.

Yes is a word we can say sometimes when we should say no, but when the muse is in your corner, you should say yes.

We have covered a lot of things on writing this month and I hope I helped some.

You should write every chance you get and then edit as much time as you write. Editing is something

Editing is something we all want to say no to, but it needs to be done to put out the best work we can.

You need to say yes to doing things, too. Where you will you get your next idea, if you don’t do things. When someone says,  “let’s go for a drive” say yes. You never know where it will lead. You may wind up on top of the mountain or in the coolest valleys seeing great mountain tops and lush, green valleys.

If you never said yes, you might never be married, or a parent or a teacher.

Here is to saying YES.

 

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Q is for Quietude

Quietude is the state of stillness or calmness. Sometimes when we are trying to write we feel as though there is a squirrel loose in our brains jumping from this twig to that nut. We can’t seem to find a spot to land and rest to see what our brain can tell us.

You may not need a quiet place to have a quiet mind. Lots of people use music to write to. I find that just the sounds in the house around me are enough to keep me on track. I have learned not to jump and run at every sound in the house to see what is happening. I can write through it. I can do it because there are only two of us and I usually know where and what the other half is doing, so, quietude.

One of my favorite Bible verses is ” Be still and know that I am God”. He usually comes to you in the quiet times and so do ideas. Ideas, and your muse, like to be heard and if you have that squirrel in a cage rattling around up there, they don’t talk to you. They sometimes go away where it is quiet and wait.

And wait.

And finally you get the idea to shut up the squirrel, maybe give him a nut, and then the ideas creep back to you.

Slowly, very slowly.

Be ready to put them down on paper or in the computer when they return. Take copious notes and see what happens when quietude returns.

Here’s to a quiet squirrel and lots of ideas.