2 responses to “If You Want To Write”

  1. Samantha Bangayan

    Ruth, reading has so been lacking in my life. I’m so grateful for my Kindle that I can now catch up. I almost feel like I had forgotten how to write because I wasn’t reading anything. Reading is such an amazing source of inspiration not only for content, but for writing style.

    I love imagining you writing with a pencil instead of on your computer. =) Maybe it would be a really useful exercise for me to write with a pencil or pen. I’m such a perfectionist that I almost always have to write “without knowing what I’m going say” and then I go back to edit later. Pencil writing will be perfect practice for this. =) I won’t even be able to “backspace” as easily! =)

    And I wholeheartedly agree in your theory about going at it instead of taking classes or workshops. =) Thanks for being an amazing mentor! =)

  2. Admin

    Dear Sam,
    Thanks for your comment. It’s a good idea to try to write with a pencil for a change. Anything you can do to trick that perfectionist from stopping you or criticizing what you are writing before you even have it down. For me, one thing will work great for a while, and then I have to try something else to get past the part of my brain that finds fault with everything I write. But only one thing matters, and that is to keep on writing. I loved what you said about how reading feeds the writing. When one of my boys was little, he was writing something, and he said it was because he didn’t have a book that he wanted to read, and he thought reading and writing were interchangeable. I always loved that.