When it comes to writing be a fool

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I really like to write.  Poetry.  Books. Letters.  But sometimes I get all freaked out about writing.  I procrastinate.  I dread.

Right now I’m tackling a project for work.  It’s Saturday and I’m behind on it and I sat down to write.  I think of all that can go wrong and I get stifled.  I worry that it won’t include everything it should or that it won’t be clear enough.  I worry that if it’s not perfect someone will read it, and die.

And then, it dawned on me: when you are that irrationally worried, you’ve let it become too big.  You need to relax and take a deep breath.  Then you need to just write.  Quickly.  Like you don’t even care.  Like it’s only pretend.  Make the writing so small and insignificant in your mind that it just doesn’t matter.

The goal is to just get something down.  You get that first draft written and then you’ve got some clay to work with.  In other words, just rush in.  Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  So, with your writing, just be a big old fool.  🙂

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