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Pen to Paper: Your WHY (P15)

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 our WHY today. WHY do I write in the first place?

A Thought

“Understanding your WHY as a writer empowers you to write with unshakable determination, no matter what obstacles life throws your way.”

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“I write songs to get past things that cause me pain. And I write songs because sometimes life makes more sense to me when it’s being sung in a chorus, and when I can write it in a verse.”

– Taylor Swift (Singer/Songwriter)

An Excerpt

“Lover” by Taylor Swift (V1, C, V2 only)

[Verse 1]
We could leave the Christmas lights up ’til January
And this is our place, we make the rules
And there’s a dazzling haze, a mysterious way about you, dear
Have I known you twenty seconds or twenty years?

Can I go where you go?
Can we always be this close?
Forever and ever, ah
Take me out and take me home
You’re my, my, my, my lover

[Verse 2]
We could let our friends crash in the living room
This is our place, we make the call
And I’m highly suspicious that everyone who sees you wants you
I’ve loved you three summers now, honey, but I want ’em all

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

Got a piece of paper handy? A real one you can touch?

Go ahead, jot down your WHY statement for writing.

Here is mine…

“I write songs and stories to spread the word about God the creator and how He has transformed me.”

With your WHY statement you are about to write, stick it on your mirror, fridge, toilet – wherever you’ll see it all the time!

Let your WHY be your inspiration when times get tough and keep that momentum going.

Because we’re writers who know our WHY!

Put Pen to Paper this week and have fun!

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