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How to Fall in Love With Your Writing

writingDo you enjoy the act of writing? Do you love to write? Let’s find out if you really love sitting down and putting words on paper.

Answer these 12 questions honestly:

When you have writer’s block or when your writing isn’t going well are you patient?

Are you kind to yourself when your writing doesn’t go well, or do you have negative thoughts about your ability?

Have you ever been jealous of an author’s success?

Do you brag about your work?

Do you/would you celebrate publication with an attitude of pride, or with humility?

Do you get upset and respond rudely when someone interrupts your writing time?

beautiful journalist looks typewriterHave you neglected responsibilities to family or others by being selfish with your writing time?

Do you count the number of times your submissions have been rejected?

What is your attitude toward rejection?

How do you accept constructive criticism?

Are you patient waiting to be published? Trusting and always hopeful?

Do you feel like giving up?

productdetailsIn his letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul provides this beautiful definition of love:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done.  Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth.  Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NCV

Apply his definition to your answers; then ask yourself:
How can you put more love into your writing?

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How a Potato Launched My Writing Career

[One of my favorite posts from 2015]

Everyone knows that potatoes have eyes—those little dimples on the skin that sprout potato plantlings—but did you know that potatoes have legs?

I remember a sunny Saturday morning when I was a kid watching my mom peel potatoes at the kitchen sink. As the sharp peeler scraped the potatoes bare, I saw Mom dig out tiny, green bumps.

“Are those warts?” I asked.

“No, they’re eyes,” said Mom.

“How come potatoes have eyes?”

“Because little potato plants grow from the eyes,” she said.

“You’re cutting off the babies? You’re killing them!”

Just then, I’d realized that a potato was a living thing, a mother with babies sprouting from her eyes! (How weird was that?) And my mom was ripping the skin off that mother potato, digging the babies out of her eyes, and throwing them away like garbage. Then she cut that mother potato into pieces and boiled her in water.

Oh, the agony of it all!
The inhumanity!

Was I being a bit dramatic?

Yes.

Did Mom suggest that I go outside and play?

She did.

But, instead I went to my room, and I wrote a story about that potato sprouting legs and running away from my evil mother. With my limited knowledge of how to put words onto paper I wrote:

POTATO LEGS

Mom try to kill her
She run away
Run Potato Legs run.
The end.        

And that’s how my writing career began. Many more stories followed “Potato Legs” and today I can’t think of any better activity than to write.

Every writer has that one eureka moment that sparks his or her need to write.

Sometimes it’s a what-if question that begs to be answered. (What if potatoes had legs?)

Other times, a tragedy needs to bleed out shedding its anger and grief. (Dave Pelzer’s “A Child Called It” comes to mind.)

The need to write might come from reading a poorly written book. (“I could write better than that!”)

Or from the desire to be heard. (Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple”)

But most often, inspiration comes from encouragement. (“Hey! You should write a book!”)

How about you?
When was your eureka moment?
Why do you write?

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