Write, Write, Write Every Day
- Posted by K.M. Sutton
“Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just technical.” ~ Derrick Jensen
I have been writing since I was out of diapers. Chicken scratch with stick people turning into scribbles, finally turning into something, albeit briefly, legible. Ideas, journaling, leading to essays and novels.
I write every day, even if it is just quick jots in my Notes app or focusing solid hours typing on Scrivener. Their are days when I don’t feel like it.
Gasps! How sacrilege, a writer doesn’t want to write.
But as a job it isn’t always fun and games.
It can be staring mindlessly at the computer, begging the words to come, frustrated it isn’t cohesive. That is when you have to work through it.
The best advice from published authors I have heard every day is, “Write. Keep writing. Write everyday.”
I had lived in New York only a few weeks when I attended the Young Adult Festival. Holding a Q and A at Books Of Wonder down near the Flatiron district, I remember asking Ellen Cook and David Leviathan what their best advice was for up and coming authors.
“Write,” They said. “Every day. Don’t stop writing.”
That advice has stayed with me the last few years. There are days I don’t feel like writing. There are days when I am so busy, that to sit at a computer seems impossible. Thank god for handheld devices in todays technology.
Even if it is fifteen minutes before bed, I will jot down notes on my phone or iPad or even a journal.
I know! How old fashioned.
I will use anything that lets my imagination and ideas flow. Anything, even if it is incoherent gibberish, I can use later, when I do have time to dedicate hours upon hours.
Sometimes I end up erasing everything. And other times I decipher it to make it legible.
The trick is to keep the creative muse alive and well.
What do you do to inspire the creativity?
I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!