“It’s Time To Write”

Learning the craft of writing is important and pertinent to every writer’s life and profession. Over the years I’ve attended countless children’s writing workshops, conferences, lectures, and purchased writing resource books. Then there’s also online information to comb through, which can be overwhelming. The writer can literally read all day about writing.

But then comes the time to sit and write. The time topexels-photo-220357.jpeg apply what you’ve learned.
What good is the education if you never use it?

That’s where I am right now. “Just write” I hear my creative side shouting…even pleading! Well, all right. I’m realizing that I should just write, and then go back and apply what I’ve learned when revising and editing.

Writing at its heart is a creative process, unfettered by rules. The rules, techniques and tricks you learn apply to the revising and editing part. Yes, some of the acquired skills will shape our writing, but writing should pexels-photo-316465.jpegfreely flow out of our imagination first.

I’m sure most writers already know that. And I do too. I just needed this reminder. Thanks for indulging me. And excuse me while I go write!

Your inputDo you tend to pile on the knowledge while you write, or after you’re done?


  1. Unless I’m doing it subconsciously, I don’t put a lot of knowledge into my first drafts. Most of what I’ve learned over the years comes out during the revisions. It’s scary enough to look at that blank page without worrying about perfection!

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  2. Since I write nonfiction, I research first and then write. But, determining when to stop researching and start writing is always tough. There’s always more to learn. So, I apply a rule from my days as a journalist — have a deadline when writing has to be done, regardless of how much I do or don’t know at that point.

    These are exciting times for journalists. A news story is never complete, but it’s old news if it waits until all the information has been collected. People need to know quickly what there is, even if the information is partial and will need to be elaborated on as more details become available.

    Maybe that approach doesn’t apply to fiction, but I think it does. Set a deadline for yourself and then research until you have just enough time to write — then go write! That way also seems to prevent writer’s block … you just have to get down on paper (well, screen) what you know.

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  3. Thank you for your “essay” Forrest! You make many good points. As you know, I’m a former TV journalist and both deadlines, facts, and timelines are essential to every story.

    It’s interesting, as a TV reporter/journalist, there usually isn’t much time for more than one draft. Mainly because your deadline is only hours, sometimes minutes away!

    Many journalist write ‘creative fiction.’ And, I was taught by the Society Of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) that even fiction must contain facts.


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