Monday, November 12, 2012

One of the Best Posts on Writing I've Ever Read

I've been following the fantastic Ellyn Gibbs' blog for a while now, and her posts are always amusing, inspiring, encouraging, and intriguing. But just recently she posted something that really struck me. It put into words some of the things that I've been learning lately. It was so simple and encouraging, and I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you all. Here is an excerpt from the beginning:
It doesn't matter if you're married, engaged, single and happy, single and hopeful, or a hermit, you have probably heard this cliche: 
Love is a verb. 
Well, maybe I'm exaggerating - a hermit might not have, but that's another debate for another time. Cliches are cliches for a reason, and though most of us have heard the phrase "love is a verb" over and over, its much easier to repeat it parrot-style than actually put it into practice. If you truly love somebody, you won't just stick around for the warm fuzzy hot-chocolate-and-mittens feelings. You'll stay with that person through annoyances, disagreements, and full-out fights. (Pay attention, Taylor Swift.) 
It turns out that this phrase also relates to writing. 

When is the last time you said, "I love writing?" Honestly, I haven't said that out loud for quite a while, because.... 
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What are you still doing here? Click over and read it. Then leave her a comment, follow her blog (you won't regret it), and maybe come back here to discuss. Isn't she fantastic? Do you agree with what she said? Any favorite posts on writing that you'd like to share?

(And in case you're wondering, that is a picture of my keyboard, and yes, the 7 key is missing.)


  1. Heading over momentarily to read the article you linked, but... I consider love to be a choice, a commitment. Once the choice is made to love, it then becomes a verb. And you know, the same holds true when applied to writing. Choose to write, commit yourself to it and then do it.

    P. S. Thanks for the link.

  2. What a great post! Thanks for sharing it. :)

  3. My cat yanked one of my keys off once because I was writing and not feeding him.

    I can see where she is going with this and I agree. Now I am off to read the rest. Thanks for the link!

  4. Thanks for sharing. I clicked over and followed even before I read the rest of your post to do so. Loved her post on the love of writing.

    We are kindred spirits, my e key is missing :D

  5. Oh my gosh, Lauren, thank you! You are so nice!
    And Jeff, I agree with you.



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