It’s early Saturday evening here, a little after 5:00 p.m. EDT. Even so, as I reflect upon this quote from Franz Kafka, I find my mind swirling with writing and story ideas and my fingers twitching with the need, the desire, to capture those ideas.

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

So, even though it’s Saturday evening, I want to challenge you to build in time for you this weekend to write something, anything. Give yourself permission to sit with your computer or with pen and paper and write. Steal 15 or 30 minutes from cleaning the kitchen or folding the laundry or watching Sports Center or catching the first innings of the game and write something.

And heed Kafka’s words: don’t bend or water it down. Let your words, your ideas, fall onto the page with freedom. Let your story unfold and your characters take shape on this journey of story to which you are submitting. Don’t hold back.

There are no expectations save for honesty; honesty to your soul and to your words and to your characters and to your story. Give yourself permission to follow your words without caution, without hedging, without fear.

Let your words, and your intense obsessions, guide you as you bleed your words onto the page.


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