August 12, 2013

Start with a Simple Sentence

The other night, while playing with StumbleUpon, I came to this site:

It contained a single, simple sentence: I made tea.

As I clicked the gray-shaded words, the sentence kept getting bigger. Expanding, adding details - finally growing into a paragraph that told a story.

It made me think about writing, and how by starting with a simple sentence, I can add depth and emotion and meaning.

No worries about writer's block when I focus on the simple sentence - just joy in knowing that I have the ability (we all do) to improve our writing, one word and one simple sentence at a time.

Now go make yourself a cup of tea and think about your next simple sentence - you have the power to make it amazing.

Start telling YOUR story. Don't be afraid - just do it.

“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.”

— Jackson Brown Jr.


  1. Kim, what a cool site. Thanks for sharing with us! Also, you gave good advice here. Plus sometimes, all it takes is to sit down and type that first sentence, and the rest keep coming.

  2. Great reminder! Love this.

    I find my best writing prompt is a quick visit through blogs I've always enjoyed. Regular reading kills my creativity because I spend so much of my energy on enjoying what someone else has crafted.


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