Just a word or two about writing. Since I’ve been able to do a great deal of writing in my life, I thought I’d pass along one suggestion that may help if you are one who has always wanted to write but didn’t know how to get started. It used to be when I sat down to write that I’d always wait until I was “in the mood” for writing. That was OK, except for one thing-I rarely was in the mood! That bothered me, because I just couldn’t make any headway that way. It’s what they call writers’ block. Then, I began to muse about how those newspaper guys could write fairly readable columns every day ! How did they do it? To think of it, they didn’t even have the incentive I had-they were simply out to make a buck; I wanted to minister through writing. Then, it came to me. Eureka! They must write whether they feel like it or not.
So, I decided that I would sit down and write-whether I felt like it or not. I did, and I found out that to do so was the way to “get into the mood.” Sometimes it takes a paragraph-or even a whole page of writing-before the “mood” comes over me, but inevitably, whether tired, invigorated (as much as an 80 yr old can get), or whatever, it happens! So, I suggest, have at it, you inspired writers. There’s no better way to start than to start. Sure, you may have to throw a page or so away, but then turn the next page into the first one. It’s only by then that you’ve probably got something worth saying anyway!