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Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you’re jotting down your thoughts in your first draft, focus on getting the words written down. Do put periods, commas, and question marks. When you revise, you can change things around to make your meaning clearer.

You’ll be surprised how much your write when you get in what I call the “ZONE.” When you’re fully into your writing and oblivious to what’s going on around you. Set up a safe environment. Set aside time for you! Have someone watch your children. If they are the age to write – have a family time to write or draw in the same room. When I taught school, we did it in the classroom. You can do it in your home.

A sentence has a subject and a predicate. A noun or pronoun and a verb.

John walks.

He walks.

She walks.

A command has a verb (action word) and a subject that is not said but understood that it is the pronoun “you.”

I’ll bet you knew who your mother was talking to when she called, “Come here this instant.”

If things in your story are intense and scary, you’ll probably want short sentences. When things are more relaxed, you’ll probably make them longer.

I’ve written blog posts about sentences that you might find helpful in your study to encourage you to begin or to renew your belief in yourself as a writer.

  1. How to Write a Good Sentence
  2. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  3. Get Rid of Passive Voice
  4. First Lines from Non-Fiction Best Sellers
  5. Make Your Character’s Actions Show Emotions

Here’s the key to keep you writing. Silence your inner critic. Tell it to go on vacation for awhile. Study about writing. Take an online course. Read blogs about the problem you’ve encountered. Read at least 3 books in the genre of your writing choice.

Put a 3×5 or 4×6 index card on your computer that says one of the following or something positive that’s meaningful to you:

  1. I am a best-selling author.
  2. I am a great writer.
  3. Thousands of people buy books to read what I write.

I know that you need encouragement. Each of us does. Be your own encourager to reach the goals that God sets in your heart and mind. God will help you. You may find people along the sidelines of your life that say things that stop you in your tracks. Chances are they mean well. Remember that people base their opinions on their experiences. If they are afraid for you, it’s because something happened that frightened them. Be assured that God is going to help you get to your goal. Believe in yourself. Set a path. Look for ways to help you get there. Rise above the experiences that seem to stop you. I believe in you. God believes in you. Believe in yourself and go forward and take that first step. Get a pen or pencil in your hand or a sit in front of a computer and write until you’re weary! If your goal doesn’t have anything to do with writing, that’s okay. These same principles apply to what you want to do. Believe in you. Do it. If you have problems figuring out something, search for a way to help you!

Why not write a sentence or two or three. Go ahead. Do it.

Here’s a link to DAY 1 in this series: Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead.

I’d love to hear from you. You give me life. Click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.


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8 Responses

  1. And from sentences, paragraphs are grown!

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    • Dear Carol.
      Thanks for writing You are exactly right. Sentences become paragraphs! Day 3 of the series.

      Never Give Up


  2. Joan,
    I wonder if my inner critic would like a virtual trip around the world. I think I’ll book “it” one. Notice I didn’t give it human qualities. The great thing about sending my inner critic on vacation is it doesn’t cost me anything; however, it may cost me the world if I don’t.

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’re giving your inner critic a virtual trip around the world. Go ahead. Book it for him/her/them. You’re right, I love your statement:

      “The great thing about sending my inner critic on vacation is it doesn’t cost me anything; however, it may cost me the world if I don’t.”

      May I quote you in this blog post about this? There is a lot of power in your words. Believe them.
      Follow your heart!

      Never Give Up


  3. Every book started with one word then one sentence then one paragraph.

    Thanks for reminding us to get started again and keep writing.

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    • Dear Sandra,
      Thanks for writing. You are exactly right. Every book began with one word, then one sentence, then one paragraph! May I quote you on that!

      Never Give Up


      • OF course!!!! But I’m sure that’s not original thinking.

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        • Dear Sandra,
          Thanks. You’re a jewel.

          Never Give Up


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