Writing Tip #78

If feeling uninspired, convince yourself that you’ll only sit down and write for 10 minutes… With all the preparations for the publication of Baby Grand (big cover reveal this week!), I found myself stumped for a writing tip for today, so I called upon my 14-year-old son Griffin, who happened to be sitting next to me eating lunch, to see if he might have any ideas up his sleeve.

Griffin became focused for a moment, kind of like Jeopardy! contestants do when they’re asked to spell something, and then said, “Why don’t you suggest to your readers that if they need to start writing but don’t feel like it, they should tell themselves that they’re only going to do it for 10 minutes. Then, after 10 minutes, they’ll be into it and they’ll be willing to keep going.”

Wow. What a great idea. I mean, I knew the kid was brilliant, but still… I asked him how he came up with it so quickly.

“From you,” he said.


“Yeah, that was one of the tips I read back when you were doing WHY magazine.”

Was it? And suddenly a vague memory came back to me, and I knew he was right. And I had to give myself a tiny pat on the back — not for the tip, which actually is very helpful, but for giving birth to this amazing young man who not only retained some interesting nugget of information he had read back when he was merely 10 years old, but for being interested enough in his Mom’s career to even read WHY in the first place.

Have you ever tried this tip? Did it work for you?


2 thoughts on “Writing Tip #78

  1. Excellent advice! I’m going to try it tomorrow. And work writing doesn’t count. It has to be creative work writing.
    A wise young man—and mom!—indeed.

  2. Very good advice and amaingly inspiring to have your son give it and store it in memory. I can only dream for now that this will happen with me when my son is grown. Reading and retaining is one of the best thing you can ever pass down to your child, thank you for being a part of your sons and the community’s success!

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