Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writers Write!

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
--Ernest Hemingway

My Writing and Editing Coach began with advice about how to become a better writer, and it’s worth repeating, especially in light of Mr. Hemingway’s observation that none of us masters the interplay of experience and language.

In February 2010, I wrote:

If I wish to write or need to write, then I must begin.

The question most often asked by those facing a writing task is how do I begin? My students often hope that I will answer that question with a foolproof strategy. Alas, the answer is neither foolproof nor magical. The answer is: 

Even if you are not yet sure of your point, even if you hate the first sentence and would like to start over, commit by beginning. You can always add, subtract, and re-write. You can also use what you write to discover good phrases worth saving and uncover main ideas because writing helps you clarify your thoughts.

The advice is still sound more than five years later. The only way to make a beginning is to begin. The only way to become better is to begin and practice. 

Writing begets writing. So begin.

Reading Challenge:

Writers also read. Any one of the six fine writers who’ve written a book about writing are worth your time and energy, but don’t read exclusively while planning to write later--after you know more. Write, too, and write now.

Writing Challenge:

Stunning photographs are serendipitous--a happy accident of eye, light, and lens.
This one is courtesy of Al Griffin Photography whose work is available on
Fine Art America, SmugMug, See.Me, and his own site.
More from February 2010:

Serendipity: A happy accident. Be open to serendipitous events. Write about the surprises and good fortune that exist everywhere.

Connye Griffin is My Writing and Editing Coach