progress - advancement toward a goal; growth and development; onward movement
In a sentence: "The day progressed from sunrise to sunset without incident."
In a sentence: "His rehabilitative progress was self-evident.
Writing is like life in that you should expect forward momentum to be marked with starts and stops. You should expect periods during which words flow through you, and periods during which they trickle or cease. This is because all writing - business, biography, fiction, fantasy, journaling and journalism - happens as life happens. Life flows, starts, stops, trickles and ceases. There are periods of constant activity and periods of rest.
And so the concept of progress may be applied to writing as it can be to life. Writing progresses from sentence to paragraph to page, from chapter to book, beginning to end. And there are periods of inactivity or writer's block. This is normal. A writer's job is not to force life; that is not progress. A writer is a filter for life, taking in the world around and re-imagining it with greater comprehension and emotional impact. The aptitude of your filter is what separates writing from mere transcription. The fineness of your gauge, how quickly you sift, and your examination of the residue of life is what makes great writing. As long as you are drawing in life, filtering it into something finer, and sharing it with the world, you are making progress in your writing and as a writer.
• Exercise for writers - "We write to taste life twice." - Anais Nin
Do not write today. Go out and live life. Tomorrow, write about your day off.
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