January Writing Challenge

Mark Twain

I’m seeing – and hearing – writers say that they just aren’t getting their writing done. So, this being the first month of the year, I thought, well, maybe we need to just go back to the basics for a couple of weeks.

So, today’s challenge, if you should decide to accept it, is to think, honestly, about why it is you write. There is no wrong answer, so just keep that in mind.

It’s okay to write because it’s plain old fun and you don’t ever intend to show it to another living being. I have some very talented writer friends in this category right now.

It’s okay to write because you feel driven to tell a particular story! Maybe you’ve got a great memoir for the family! These are super important to do and in some ways are a legacy to future generations!

It’s okay to write because you always dreamed of being a published author and you intend to make as much money at it as is humanly possible. Good for you! I know a few of these, too – and they make good money at it. Give you one guess as to the secret they share!!!

One thing to keep in mind is that YOU need to know why you write – but no one else does. The definition of a writer is: someone who writes.

Get thee to your computer/notebook/typewriter and get writing!!! You can have what you dream of or the reasons why not. The choice is up to you!

Keep writing – and reading!!! Nancy Q.


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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