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When I Can't Stream Netflix

There are two common statements in the writing community. The first is, writers write. Someone, (I wish I could remember who and I'm sorry if it was you) equated writing to a faucet. You have to turn the faucet on for the water to flow, writing is much the same. When I don't have time to write, like the last couple of weeks, while I prepared for life changing events, 8th grade graduation, a ballet performance, soccer tournaments, family visits and a baby dedication, my writing flow trickled and then stopped altogether. It will take hours, or sometimes a few frustrating days for the "writing faucet" to flow.

The other common statement heard in the writing community is, writers read. Years ago, I attended a writing conference where I had the privilege to hear Stephan King speak. One thing he said that struck me, (besides that he got his idea for "IT" while crossing a wooden bridge wearing cowboy boots) was that he spends half his time reading. A writer who reads becomes better at their craft because writers learn from one another.

Do I read, yes, do I read enough, no. I admit I am a sloth. You may think I jest but the Enneagram test says so. For a fun way to find out how you really tick follow this link, Enneagram, you may be surprised. I would much rather binge, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or You-tube but in order to learn and grow, I must read. Right now I'm reading Dale Carnegie's "The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking". Does reading this book make me a better writer? Probably not. A better speaker? I hope so. So, I follow my crawling baby, who is walking now as I post this a second time, around the yard with this book in hand because I can't stream Netflix outside.

Comments (5)

Feb 09

Love this ❤️


We are definitely going to try out this recipe!


Jan 25

Great topic Heather! It's definitely one not talked about often and one that you just have to try to figure it out on your own, at least for me anyway.


Jan 20

Amen, Heather! These words are so true and encouraging right now!


Jan 01

Thank you, Heather, for your beautiful post. I alwasy feel so much love and encouragement from reading your blog posts <3

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