Write the…

book you want to read.  The movie you want to see.  The story you wish was out there, told and set the way you see it in your head.

We all want that catharsis, to be led down a path we can’t go on without you.  We will give you our attention, our eyes, our ears…if you just give us…

that which is inside you when you dig deeper, look longer and write like you don’t care how it looks on the page.

Go brew up your version of a perfect storm, it may be just what we’re looking for.



Ever read one of those writing books with a title like…

Finish your novel in 30 days, Write your breakout bestseller on weekends, finish that book inside you in 90 days, write your outline in 60 minutes…you get the idea – do they work?

Nope – you do.

These books are neither good nor bad, they just are.  If you commit to writing your novel in 30 days, write down the steps it will take to do it, then do those steps – well there you have it.  If you say you’re committed on your blog and to your friends – but don’t follow through with the steps…then there is another name for that:

Being committed to the idea of being committed.

Go further, keep it simple, stop looking for the secret.  Everything you need to finish it is already inside you – look within –

Now, go fire it up.




“We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from…

our laptops.”  John Cleese

Like so many of the geniuses out there the beauty here is simplicity.   We can pretend we’re writing by searching, surfing, researching, reading…and all those other “ing” activities.

The real work ends in ing as well…writing.  The act of writing is the idea generator.  Looking for something before you start writing is a charade.  Put it down, throw it out, put more down, work it – repeat.

That’s how the pros do it, always have, always will.

So go fire it up without waiting.


Onward,   J

Chuck Palahniuk once said…

“Write the book you want to read.”

You ever get frustrated trying to find the next great book to put on the stack, tossing most aside, wondering what good stuff is out there you haven’t seen yet?

We all do.

That’s why you need to write.

Write the story that’s inside you… of course you’re not sure what it is, or how to start, much less how to end it.

But if you just wrote down what you want to see in a good book- things like theme, setting, pacing, characters…


make that you’re starting point.

The creation of something, birth of an idea onto the printed page… we’re all waiting to read it…work it and show us what you’re made of.

Now, go fire it up.