Don’t bother with platitudes, explanations, or background.
Just write out your thoughts, feelings, and fears.
Don’t worry about comparisons or what other people might say.
Just write what you need to: get the story out.
Don’t worry about fiction versus truth.
Just write the words spinning in your head.
Don’t think about the “what ifs” that come after you’re done.
Just focus on the “what ifs” that can make your story soar.
Don’t stress about the readers; they aren’t your why.
Just be true to what is bursting to be created.
Just write; the fear will fade.
Just write; the rest will work out.
Just write; that’s all you need to heal.
Just write; the words are all that matters.
A version of this piece was previously posted on “Maggie Writes Stuff.”