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Shut up, sit down, and write


Writers write.  Some of us are driven to write. All we ever wanted to be was a  writer. We need words.  Painters paint. Photographers shoot. Musicians play. We write.

Some of us talk about writing, but struggle with discipline and commitment.  I have struggled with these same issues. Some of us just talk about how we want to write poetry, a novel, a play, or a screenplay.  Some of us may write in spurts and then not write at all for days. I have done this, too.

Yet, as Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones,  asserts “Finally, one just has to shut up, sit down and write.”  I read this book years ago.  The main lesson I came away with was to make writing practice a habit. I have formed a habit of writing out of acceptance.

Commitment. Discipline. Yes, of course.  For me, it also comes down to accepting that to be writer I have always to be , I must surrender to the obsession to write and do the work that must be done.  This acceptance drives now drives my commitment and discipline.

One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating. – Niyi Osundare

How committed are you today? What drives you? What makes you shut up, sit down,  and write?



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