Personal Writing Motto

Recently, I’ve read quite a few articles on when, and how often, to write. Authors are giving advice which varies on # of words to write per day, # of days to write per week, and “free”/ “break” days from writing. They give opinions on where to sit while writing, how often to get up and take a walk, optimal lighting, inspiring background music, even which fabrics are the most comfortable.

Nike says “Just Do It”. IMAX offers: “Think Big”. Sony uses the slogan: “Make Believe.” Energizer’s is: “Keeps going and going and going.” Kodak: “Share moments. Share Life.” ; Yellow Pages: “Let your fingers do the walking;” Taco Bell: “Think Outside the Bun;” Pizza Hut: “Make it great;” states: “Turn Intentions to Actions.”

So what advice could I possibly have to offer? I’m glad you asked. This is my personal writing motto: always write what you will be proud to reread some 20+ years from now. Write the truth, without prejudice or malice; write from the heart; write words that honor God.

Keep plugging along. Don’t give up. Push forward. See it through. Move ahead.

Don’t click on “publish” until you are sure: it’s spelled right, it looks right, it sounds right. And when mistakes come (as they inevitably will), extend yourself the grace to forgive your own humanness and imperfections.

Then, get yourself back to the keyboard. It’s a brand new day. See it from a fresh perspective. Write from your soul. Say it with heart.