Writing Tip: Spend it All

A THOUSAND WORDS A DAY, I see it’s been.
Not on purpose, not a goal,
but just because my pockets were full.

This is how the economics of writing works.
You have to spend it all.
Every day.

1,000 words a day, give or take a few,
and the proof,
a 3-ring binder,
new in summer,
once holding a solitary sheet,
now almost full.

What’s given in a day
must be spent,
all of it.

Next day, if needed, more comes.

A FEARFUL WRITER, risk-averse,
always saving for the rainy day,
finds this a difficult principle to act upon,

to pull the pockets inside-out
and shake free
every crumb,
every bit of lint,
every last comma.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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3 Responses to Writing Tip: Spend it All

  1. Susan DiMickele says:

    I too want to spend what I have to give. I love the empty pockets analogy.


  2. Belinda says:

    I love it, “every crumb, every bit of lint, every last comma.”


  3. I won’t claim to write 1,000 words a day, but I have been following the principle of “spend it all” for a while now. I’ve learned that when you do spend it, more always comes.


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