The Writer’s Devotional

By Amy Peters
Sterling Publishing, 2012

[This one-inch picture frame on my desk]
reminds me that all I have to do is to write down
 as much as I can see through a one-inch picture frame.
This is all I have to bite off for the time being.

Anne Lamott


Just as putting one foot in front of the other results in walking, writing, even in small bits, adds up, often to complete stories or even novels. Just remember steady as she goes, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page by page.

If you’re struggling to put words on the page, try Lamott’s advice for a week or so. Write one carefully crafted sentence. A week’s worth of sentences will provide you with a page of written work.

When he was writing his masterwork, Ulysses, James Joyce sometimes spent a whole day creating one sentence. After 265,000 words, that’s a lot of days’ sentences. In fact, it took Joyce seven years to write Ulysses. That works out to only 104 words per day.


Contributed by Barbara Cairns (SSRA Member)

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