Permission to Write

“If you have a story that seems worth telling, and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it.”
~ Dashiell Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of detective novels and a screenplay writer. He created one of the most well-known fictional detectives of the 30’s, Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon.

Hammett gave himself permission to write. He believed in himself, his creativity and his story enough to tell it. The questions is, do you believe in yourself, your creativity and your story? If you do, write. Write everyday. Tell yourself you’re going to write five or 10 pages every morning no matter what! Rain, sun, wind, hail, snow, it doesn’t matter. Promise yourself you’ll write and stick to your promise. Write. Sit down with pen and paper or at the keyboard and write. Let it flow. Get up an hour early. Not a morning person. Fine. Stay up an hour later.

You can always erase [trash] the pages the following day if you want to. You haven’t lost anything from the exercise and from where you’re standing right now you don’t have anything to lose ~ do you?

Actually, you’ve gained from the exercise even if you erase or trash the pages. You’ve gained confidence in yourself and momentum. You’ve kept your promise to yourself and you’ve taken a baby step towards a dream, a new journey that can take you anywhere you’d like to go.

Make that promise to yourself. Write. Start today. Check back often. I’ll have more inspiring writing tips for you.

In the meantime, enjoy your journey …


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