The knowing before the writing

I was thinking about a comment that an earlier participant made to me about the time it takes to do this practice. She said something like, "I spend half my time thinking about what to write."

This, to me, is one of the most interesting parts of the process of undertaking 40 Days + 40 Writes. Personally, when I did it -- both by myself for Lent, and later with a flock of writers on this platform -- I found that the writing wasn't the hard part. It was the getting to the knowing what I was going to write that took effort.

That's really stuck with me -- the idea that knowing is so central to writing. Sometimes, sure, it's useful to use writing as a discovery process. But writing is so deeply satisfying when you are certain in what you want to say, so then you can really focus on how you say it. 

You're about a week in. This is a good time to take stock of how it's going for you.  I hope you've found a good rhythm and time of day to do your writing. A good goal is to start feeling at ease with writing uninterrupted for 15-20 minutes.

robin rauzi