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Writing Is Easy, Just Open a Vein

“Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” —Red Smith, Sports Writer

Truer words were never written! I find that the most difficult thing for most writers to do is sit down and start writing. Something about how everything we write comes directly from the heart makes it like opening a vein when we share our thoughts on paper (or electronically) with the rest of the world.

Not only that, writing well takes time. Most professional writers do not sit down and write a perfect first draft. To craft a well-written, well-worded article, book, short story, report, or even a letter requires time—time to write, edit, rewrite, edit, perhaps rewrite again, copyedit, proofread, and so on.

Most writers have a ritual or process they go through when they get ready to write. Once you know what your process is, it’s easier to sit down and let the creativity flow.

When I first began writing for publication, it took a while to figure out my process. I finally realized that I tended to avoid writing when I wasn’t sure how to begin an article. The Professional Writer’s Secret Weapon changed all that. Whenever I use it, the articles practically write themselves.

So I decided to share it with other writers because the world desperately needs good information to counter some of what I call the ‘junk writing’ that proliferates now because, thanks to computers and the Internet, just about anyone can publish whatever they write.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love using my computer to write. And I love how easy it is to publish my work and get it out to the world using today’s technology. What I take issue with is the proliferation of poor writing that this wonderful technology also makes possible. That’s why I write this blog. And that’s why, too, I wrote The Professional Writer’s Secret Weapon, an online course that is delivered directly to your email inbox.

Because the Professional Writer’s Secret Weapon is an email class, you can do each lesson when it’s convenient for you. I’ve taught this course through the extension program for the University of California and through various writers groups. Now I’m making it available to writers everywhere online.

This class goes on sale for $250 but I’m offering it to Writers Inkwell readers for