Writing With Abandon

Sisters At Play

Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Colossians 3:23

There was no feeling like the joyful abandon of play as a child.  I could spend hours outside with my friends and siblings lost in time until the dinner bell brought us home.

Brenda Ueland in her book If You Want to Write, describes a class of children painting with that kind of abandon:

“Now these children worked for five or six hours at a stretch…with the blissful, radiant power of a Michelangelo or Blake…It is the way you are to feel when you are writing – happy, truthful and free, with that wonderful contented absorption of a child stringing beads in kindergarten.”

An author that I know started writing “Playtime” on her calendar instead of “Work”.  It helps to come with a sense of expectation to the desk instead of dread.  When I lose myself in the writing I do my best work.

Brenda Ueland also advises writers to guard against writing to impress others, instead to be bold and confident in who they are: “…writing is not a performance but a generosity.” Children do this naturally in play.

May I bring a child-like abandon to my writing today.

Time to play.

Laurie and Betsy, writingsisters.com

0 comment on Writing With Abandon

  1. Randall
    October 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you so much for your article and sharing it. You have inspired me with your statement of writing with abandonment, like when we played as children (boy, does that bring back memories).


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