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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Much Ado about Nothing and the Writing Life

"And nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man's best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind…"—C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

By Scoti Springfield Domeij



Much Ado about Nothing and the Writing Life

Are you a "wishful" or a "wish-come-true" writer?

Take a page or an electronic document filled with—nothing. Not one letter, not one paragraph.

Empty. Void.

Don't type. Just think about writing. Now watch your page until something happens. How long will it take for your page filled with nothing to write that story you've always wanted to write? Does your writing ambition mirror that Spanish proverb, "How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards"?

Just How Patient Are You?

If you don't write or type, your wait will be endless. Nothing plus nothing equals? Your novel? Your article? Your story? NOT(hing)!

Only wishing you'd write—not putting words on paper—never produces anything. Nothing creates nothing.

To write risks exposing your heart, telling the truth, discovering your writing skills, and receiving rejection. The more you write, the less risky it feels and you develop more confidence to take risks.

What's the Greatest Hindrance to Unlocking Opportunities for Publication?

Risking nothing.

Want your writing wishes to come true? Adopt this writer's proverb, "Don't put off tomorrow, what you can write today."

Now write! Start today.

4 comments:

Scoti Domeij, Director, Springs Writers said...

Facebook comment: Helen Vrooman:
"Hi Scoti...thanks for this, my husband is thinking & praying about writing a book...I'll share this with him!"

Scoti Domeij, Director, Springs Writers said...

Scoti Diane Springfield Domeij's response on Facebook: I hope it encourages him. For too many years, I just "thought about it." Now I'm doing it...and lovin' it.

Scoti Domeij, Director, Springs Writers said...

Facebook comment: Cindy Surra Hosea
Todd has been writing a science fiction novel for 17 years... :)

Scoti Domeij, Director, Springs Writers said...

Scoti Diane Springfield Domeij's response on Facebook: Hey, he was ahead of his time. That's a popular-selling genre these days.