Pen to Paper Newsletter

Pen to Paper: Entertainment (P11)

Presented below is a thought from me on writing, a quote from someone else on writing, an excerpt from that writer, and a discipline/habit to implement… 

We will be focusing on entertainment today.

A Thought

If we are not entertained ourselves by what we are writing when crafting a story, then what is the purpose of writing it at all?

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.”

– JK Rowling (Author of the Harry Potter series)

An Excerpt

JK Rowling (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

“Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?”

“Yes,” said Harry.

“You called her a liar?”


“You told her He Who Must Not Be Named is back?”


Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, watching Harry closely. Then she said, “Have a biscuit, Potter.”

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

When you sit down to write this week, take a moment to reflect on these three important questions:

  • Am I genuinely being entertained by what I’m writing?
  • Is this piece something that I would personally find engaging and worth reading or listening to?
  • Am I writing to please others, which can ultimately hinder my creative expression?

I encourage you to challenge yourself and ask these questions during your next writing session!

Put Pen to Paper this week and have fun!

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