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Pen to Paper: P4

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… 

A Thought

Finding the perfect balance between starting small and dreaming big can be quite a challenge for writers.

The thought of tackling an entire book with 80,000 words may seem overwhelming, but when you break it down to just a page of 300 words, it suddenly becomes much more manageable.

So, let’s start small but keep our dreams big!

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood, we write in order to understand.” 

– C.S Lewis (author of Mere Christianity, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters)

An Excerpt

Mere Christianity, C.S Lewis 

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first/ perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. 

He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.

But presently He starts knowing the house about in a away that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. 

What on earth is He up to?

The explanations is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.

You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage; be He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

Regardless of whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it’s crucial to carve out some strategic alone time for yourself.

In a world full of distractions and technology constantly at our fingertips, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos.

That’s why it’s important to make it a habit to find moments in your day where you can just be with your thoughts.

Take 15 minutes to embrace boredom, and you might be surprised by the brilliant ideas your mind has been brewing.

– Austin Alford

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