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Easy does it, but do it — a slogan to defeat writer’s block

Easy does it, but do it is a slogan used in most anonymous recovery programs, including Al-Anon and AA.

When I slow down, I make fewer typing mistakes.  I used to be a speed typist and sometimes I forget that it was forty years ago.  Also, I think I used to write quickly by starting off slowly and speeding up.

Writing is the same way. I think I zip along, fearing that if I go slowly I’ll stop altogether.   I am trying to outrun my critic.  But I wonder if it is my critic that is pushing me to go faster and faster.  It sounds about right.  In my family of origin, I was frequently told to hurry up, even though I had more energy that any of them.

So I am practicing writing poetry more slowly and we’ll see what happens.

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