So You Wanna Write Part Part 9 – The “M” Word
April 29, 2014 25 Comments
In fact, it makes nearly everything possible – but especially writing.
It jolts things out of stagnation. It forces forward movement. It propels. It ignites.
I’m talkin’ about a little thing called, “momentum.”
Momentum is something every writer needs.
We may have all the greatest ideas in the world for the greatest books ever to be written, but without momentum, we have nothing. And those thoughts, or ideas, don’t mean squat.
“Dear Publisher, I have some great ideas for a book…”
And do you want the know the number one killer of momentum? I have no facts to back this up, but from my own experience, the number one killer of momentum is the Internet.
The Internet, though useful for boundless things, actually holds creative people back. The Internet is a hinderance to those who might otherwise have been leaders and visionaries and great authors.
So the best way I’ve found to gain momentum and to actually write is by powering down the computer (yes, even Word), grabbing what’s called a journal and a pen (or pencil), and write. Free from distraction, free from the demands of games and Youtube videos and iTunes, and free from the tedious task of researching and spellchecking and free to just write.
That way, when I go back to dictate my words from page to screen, that momentum is already flowing by the time I type that last sentence, the creative juices are flowing, and I just keep on writing.
Power down = Momentum
Now turn this computer off and go write.