write the story {free printable}…

This printable is for the writers out there! And it’s free (you can find other free printables here).

Sometimes my mind goes in various directions thinking of what to write, wondering what story to share or tell (whether fiction or real life). Sometimes the ideas swirl but I feel confused about which one to choose. Sometimes I draw a blank about what to write.

When I’m faced with any of these situations, I’ve found that I continue to come back to a main guiding principle – and I’ve put those words into a downloadable printable.

Write the story you’re given to write.

That’s a main thing, I believe, we’re asked to do when it comes to writing. No one else will have the same story we’re guided to write, in the same way we’re guided to write it.

As with the other printables, there’s no charge, nothing to sign up for, no need to give your email address… simply download whatever file(s) you wish.

The files include one pdf file (you can set the size when you print), as well as jpg files for sizes 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10. These are high quality, 300dpi, suitable for printing to frame, or put on a bulletin board, or put somewhere as an inspirational piece, reminder, or gentle nudge of encouragement: Write the story you’re given to write.

The links are below – get all the files or just one, whatever you wish.

Get the pdf file here.

The 4×6 jpg file is here.

The 5×7 jpg file is here.

The 8×10 jpg file is here.

Download, print, and enjoy!

More freebies are on the way, so please check back or follow my blog for updates.

 

and it’s back to writing…

A few months ago, I stopped working on my writing.

The novel revisions came to a halt. I didn’t explore ideas for new writing projects. My blogging became even less frequent than before.

It didn’t feel like a writing block. It simply felt like I was meant to (temporarily) put my energy and focus elsewhere.

Like painting. And my healing journey. (And painting is a big part of my healing journey.)

My creative flow was still going strong, but it was flowing to other things instead of writing.

Maybe partly because my creative flow kept flowing, and maybe partly because I didn’t feel like I was blocked when it came to writing, it didn’t bother me that I put the writing aside for a while.

I knew, intuitively, writing would come back around when it was time.

And it has.

Two weeks ago, writing showed showed up again, gently nudged me, and whispered come on, let’s get going again.

So we’re going again.

No forcing, no pushing, no angst. Just going with the writing flow. Enjoying the process.

It feels right and good, and I’m grateful.

Not writing isn’t always about being stuck or blocked. Sometimes writing takes a back seat for a while so that it can return refreshed and renewed and ready to get going again.

printable (free!) – weekly writing plan…

Late yesterday afternoon, I finished the draft of the novel I’m writing. (Yay!!)

The book isn’t done yet – revisions are the next step – and I’m a firm believer, and know from experience, that rewriting and revising are key. And since I happen to love the process of rewriting and revising,  I’m looking forward to getting down to work on this next phase of the project.

A few weeks ago, I set a deadline for myself to finish this draft by the end of December. I didn’t have a daily goal of word counts or hours. I simply had the date of December 31 in sight. And I met that goal.

For me, it’s often helpful to keep my writing deadlines and goals on the “loose” side of things. (I’ll probably talk more about that in a future post.) Because of this, I didn’t use any sort of detailed tracking sheet.

But – for some writers (and sometimes for me, depending on the project) a written-down, scheduled, tracked way to keep up with the writing process and progress is definitely the way to go when it comes to working on, and finishing, a novel, nonfiction book, article, short story, or blog post.

That’s why I put together this free printable, a Weekly Writing Plan to keep track of writing goals and to-do’s for the week, as well as your daily progress.

The file is in .pdf format. All you need to do is download it for the paper size you want to use (there’s no charge, no strings attached, nothing to sign up for, no need to give your email address) – and then print it as many times as you need, to cover as many weeks as you want.

The Weekly Writing Plan pdf in US letter size is here.

The Weekly Writing Plan pdf in A4 size is here.

The Weekly Writing Plan pdf in A5 size is here.

If you’d like to check out my other free printables, you can find them here.

Happy writing!