Friday, March 10, 2017

[Link] #AmWriting: How to Get the Writing Done

by Jeri Walker

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“Writing is the way to get the writing done.” Thus ends Donald Murray’s aptly titled article “How to Get the Writing Done.” The author offers nineteen suggestions that put a different spin on how to tackle the daunting task of putting words on the page. The tone of the piece is admittedly tongue in cheek, but each time I reread it, I feel inspired. I’m gearing up to submit short pieces for publication on a regular basis in 2017, so no more excuses for not getting the writing done!

  1. Write Now
  2. Rewrite
  3. Delay
  4. Rehearse
  5. Consult
  6. Plan
  7. Attitude
  8. Habit
  9. Deadlines
  10. Purposeful Interruption
  11. Change Your Working Style
  12. Count Words, Pages, or Hours
  13. Work Within the Draft
  14. Answer the Reader’s Questions
  15. Make What Works Better
  16. Make Use of Failure
  17. Write in Chunks
  18. Write with Force; Unleash the Draft
  19. Write.

The text of Murray’s article isn’t available online, but it does appear in the book The Craft of Revision. It’s advice that I’ve played over and over in the back of my mind through the years as well as using the article in the creative writing class for secondary students that I taught for three years.

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