Write One True Sentence to Get Started
So often we all sit down at our desk or computer and our mind goes blank. As much as we want to write, we just can't figure out how to get started. When this happens to me my mind turns to one of my favourite writing quotes:
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Ernest Hemingway
How sensible is that? Once you've written that first sentence, the next one seems to follow, and the next. That one true sense might be the worst sentence you've ever written, but at least it helped you get started. There's nothing that says you have to use that sentence in your finished piece of work. Edit it if you need to, scrap it if you must.
The important thing to remember is to simply get started, writing a truthful statement as you see it. Maybe you write 'I don't want to write this today.' If that's how you're feeling, that's a true sentence. Believe me, there have been many times when my first sentene of the day has been ridiculous. But it opens the mind and allows other thoughts to follow.
Next time you're faced with writers block, think about that advice from a truly great writer. Get started. Write one true sentence. See where it leads you.
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