The First Key to Writing is to Write

Communications, Public Relations, Writing

Some of you may recognize the title of this post immediately as a quote from a great film created a decade ago. The film Finding Forrester had a number of great writing related references throughout the story line of a young, talented writer who connects with an author that fled into virtual hiding after finding literary success.

As a communicator, my daily work centers around finding ways to write and share information in a manner that will resonate with an audience.  And some days, it’s difficult to even begin. It’s writer’s block on a grand stage. What do you do when you just can’t get started or you aren’t sure how to phrase something that you’ll be happy to present to your boss or the audience? You write.

My favorite scene from the film is one where character William Forrester (played by Sean Connery) is helping young writer Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown) get started and to write with his heart. Wallace doesn’t know where to begin, then Forrester provides one of the great movie quotes of all time (at least to a guy like me who spends hours in front of a keyboard daily): “No thinking, that comes later. You write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head.”

I’ve been stuck lately. I’ve been worrying about every word and framing phrases. Thankfully, I remembered this little piece of Hollywood advice and I hope you’ll find it helpful as well when you need a reminder that the best way to start writing is to write.

Finding Forrester- 2000, Columbia Pictures Corporation

2 thoughts on “The First Key to Writing is to Write

  1. This is completely what I believe. Thank you for the reminder. Sometimes I find myself stalling, playing Tetris, doing anything BUT writing… and then I take a step back and think, “Should I really be doing this?” If we keep doing what we always do, we’ll keep getting the results we always get. Stalling means 0 words on the page. Writing may mean 500 terrible words, but math tells us that 500 is greater than 0.

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