Writing Discipline

My daughter, one of my mentors,  suggested that I keep a pad and pencil at the breakfast table, away from the computer and spend the first hour every day writing long hand.   It works!  No e-mails, no distractions, just me, the pencil, and the paper.

Once immersed in the story world,  interacting with the characters, I am on my way and the first hour becomes several hours or more.   Writing every day keeps the story fresh and alive.   I don’t get trapped in a revision cycle.

There is a time for heavy revision.  It comes later, not in the first draft.

Marion  (Life is a treasure hunt)

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