I know this to be true. The more I write, the more I want to write, the easier the words flow. When I think I can’t write, when it’s just not coming, if I just put pen to paper (or fingers to keys), I know it will soon catch fire.  If I’ve had a good day of writing, I rise the next day, ready to write again!

True, sometimes it still won’t come.  But I believe that’s about rest and refueling.  Not about writing.  When the writing doesn’t flow it can feel as if I’ve gone dry.  But that is just an erroneous construct of the mind.  Unless there’s something wrong with your brain, you cannot be devoid of thoughts. It’s simply not true.  Get out in nature, take a nap, have some fun, think about something else, something lighter. Then you will see that there’s plenty of material and steam there for you.

When others claim there’s nothing to write about or they can’t find the time, I know they haven’t shown up to write. Your presence alone can start a brush fire.  And before you know it, you’re excited about writing again!  Not having time is merely a matter of priority (or fear).  If you really want to write, if you’re not afraid there will be nothing to say, you find the time.  The bios of writers are stuffed full of stories of getting up at 6 am to write for an hour before the rest of the household wakes up.  Staying up late and writing into the wee hours. Catching 15 minute segments throughout the day to write. There is always time if you choose it.  Writing needs no special equipment, just a pen and paper.  No fancy set up. It can happen anywhere, in any space of time.

I write for a living.  So I have to write whether I feel like it or not.  9 times out of 10 (10 times out of 10 if I’m taking good care of myself) if I show up and start, something will flow.

I wonder if there are other things this rule might apply to:  Nothing breeds love like love . . . Nothing breeds gratitude like being grateful.  Can it work with positive thoughts, too?  Social networking is one of those things that feeds on itself.  Put out a little energy and you get so much more back! 

Are there others?