Monday, January 28, 2013

Writer Monday: A Note of Encouragment

Dear Writer,
     Way to go!  You've written.  Because to be a writer, one must have written.  You must have written at least something.

     I've told people about my writing before and they say things like "Oh don't worry.  The first sentence is the hardest"  Or "Your last sentence is always the hardest."  But I don't think either of those are true.
      The hardest sentence to write isn't the first of the last.  The hardest to write is the next sentence.  The next step into the unknown is the most difficult.  And once you know that part of unknown is safe, you have to summon up the courage to take the next step forward, the next sentence toward your goal of finishing the book, finishing the series, or getting published.

     And so, in some very definite way, to be a writer, you must be at least a little bit crazy.  You must have that hunger for the unknown.  And your hunger in so intense that it can't just be satisfied in turning a page in whatever novel you're reading and discovering the unknown.  Oh no!  You want to find that unknown all on your own.  You want it to be your unknown, that you make and shape and create.

     So what are you waiting for?  Go!  Get of the internet and go take the next step into the unknown with the next sentence, paragraph, novel.  Go discover that character, that landscape, that plot line.  Make it your own unknown, and once you know it, once you've blazed the trail, give it to the others, so that they can follow along and discover the unknown too.

I'll leave you with this:  (I know it's quoted from someone, but I don't know who)
A few Letters make a Word
A few Words make a Sentence
A few Sentences make a Paragraphs
A few Paragraphs make a Page
A few Pages make a Chapter
A few Chapters make a Novel

You don't have to start with Chapters or Novels.  Just start with Letters.



  1. Hi Sarah. I have nominated for the Liebster Award.

  2. Thanks, Jake! I'll post about it soon.
    ~Sarah Faulkner

  3. You're so write. A writer who keeps going is doing the hardest job of all. Love the quote.


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