Lisa's 10 Rules of Writing

1. Show up and stay there. Stay in your seat. Nothing is coming to you, you say? You’re staring at a blank page or the blinking cursor on a white screen? Stay. Resist the urge to flee and do something else (check Facebook, text someone, eat something, do laundry, take a nap). Learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 2. You can’t edit nothing. Write something. You can edit something. 3. Give yourself permission to begin without it being perfect. I begin with pen to paper, writing in a loose, sketch-like, journaling, incomplete sentence form. This allows me to find a way into the “real” writing. I usually begin with what I’m unsure of, afraid of, pissed off about, dreading. I jot down

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