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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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BrenndaMarie wrote on February 10, 2015, 3:23 PM

Very interesting way to help with writers block. I seem to be getting writers block more often these days. I wonder why. Thanks for the idea.

MelissaE wrote on February 10, 2015, 5:31 PM

This is a splendid post. I'm going to add it to my writing list.

maxeen wrote on February 10, 2015, 6:03 PM

I look at the nearest object to me and write about it .

Colibry21 wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:09 PM

That's actually pretty interesting. I can certainly see how it would help with getting rid of writer's block. I'll definitely keep this in mind, next time I don't know what to write.

bestwriter wrote on February 10, 2015, 7:54 PM

That is a nice way to break the ice so to say. I will try that the next time I am stuck. emoticon :smile:

CountryWine wrote on February 10, 2015, 8:24 PM

If I were to base my writer career on that quote from Ernest Hemingway, it wouldn't get me anywhere. I use simpler means in order to get myself going; my imagination.

melon1234 wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:05 PM

I may need to try that method of yours! I always have writers block so maybe doing this will help out

Ruby3881 wrote on February 10, 2015, 9:52 PM

I've never tried that technique intentionally, but I do believe it's been an unconscious thing for many a writer.

DarkSinistar wrote on February 10, 2015, 11:07 PM

I use a similar process. I just scribble down the first nonsense that comes into my head then just stumble my way though LOL.

luisga814 wrote on February 11, 2015, 1:58 AM

Most of the time i am encountering writers block. Thanks for your share, hope i can write a good sentence.

Dawnwriter wrote on February 11, 2015, 3:52 AM

How can one dispute words said by Ernest Hemingway?This is a lovely post and a great way to overcome the dreaded writer's block

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seren3 wrote on February 12, 2015, 4:27 PM

I have seen many a post that starts out with "I have no ideas today"...then suddenly it blooms into a decent post.

cheri wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:27 PM

We do all experience writers'block. It passes anyway and all we also need other than one true sentence is an inspiration.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:33 PM

Why, thank you for that emoticon :smile: sometimes reading advice from experts can be simple but reassuring

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:35 PM

I think we sometimes expect too much of ourselves, expect to be able to write at the click of a finger.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:36 PM

I love that. I do quite a bit of free writing from simple objects.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:37 PM

Isnt it funny how we all want to write, but sometimes it just doesn't want to happen.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:38 PM

You wouldn't believe the number of times that I've used this advice, written several sentences of rubbish and finally found my way in to where I want to go.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:39 PM

Imagination sometimes goes into hiding. Starting writing about anything at all is actually quite powerful.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:40 PM

Give it a go, you may be pleasantly surprised.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:45 PM

I agree, it seems to rise out of necessity or desperation, or a bit of both!

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:46 PM

I think I'm the word's best at stumbling through emoticon :smile: otherwise I'd still be looking at the page or screen.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:47 PM

Even a not good sentence is a good way to get started. As long as you mean what you write.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:50 PM

Ernest Hemingway wrote a lot of wise words in his time.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:51 PM

think the idea is that, having started like that, you eliminate those telling first sentences, then no one knows the dilemma you were in.

valmnz wrote on February 12, 2015, 11:52 PM

For me that inspiration often reveals itself once I start writing.