Monday Matters

Another Monday. I’m a writer who actually looks forward to them. It’s one of the only days in the week I can crown “Writing Day.” I get to choose some days, what I work on. Other Mondays, I’m editing or proofing. Yet I try to keep these days a tabula rasa for creating. The creation phase is both exhilarating and daunting, because I get to write something new, but also I have to write something new. Yikes you say. How do I keep from being blocked? In my case, I often use Sundays not for writing but for daydreaming. By Monday, I’m itching to get my daydreams onto the page. On Monday, I don’t care if it’s any good. On Mondays, I am (usually) free to write whatever I wish. How will you spend your next writing period?

Writing Tip for Today:
To prevent feeling blocked when you sit down to write: Before you save and close your WIP (Work In Progress) for the day, try to end your session in the middle of a scene, so you won’t be stuck next time trying to dream up the next scene cold. Or, type a note to yourself in all caps (START HERE, e.g.) about what your next session needs to address. Then, next time you write, use your “Find” tool (under Edit on the toiolbar), type in START HERE and begin.

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About Linda S. Clare

I'm an author, speaker, writing coach and mentor. I teach both fiction and nonfiction writing at Lane Community College and in the doctoral program as expert writing advisor for George Fox University. I love helping writers improve their craft and I'm both an avid reader and writer of stories about those with wounded hearts.

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