The Wet Pen

Drip. Drip. Drip. No, this isn’t something leaking. It’s the call of my pen. Writing up art descriptions doesn’t quite fulfill the writer in me, so I decided to get better at one liners for my art greeting cards. This is a good way to look up local and national phrases that are trending. In fact, this exercise is a good prompt so get our your notebooks.

Inspired by Haiku and Hallmark, writing done lines that lead to longer shorts or novels is one exercise to do every week or day. Keeping our wells full of ink and our brain gears oiled is one way to make your writing more consistent. Humans naturally resist things they perceive as hard work. If you have a list handy to spark ideas or to get the gears moving, you’re less likely to resist the idea of writing today.

What I just wrote is important to remember if you plan on finishing a novel because there are going to be days when you don’t feel like writing. There are going to be days when you’re busy, and tired. Anything that will make writing easier on those days will help keep you consistent to the point when your brain just does it on schedule. I know because I’ve spent the last few years doing just that.

Even when I’m dead tired from a busy day my prompts and habits sent my brain into gear and I just write because it’s part of my routine. Now, I feel weird if I don’t write every day. I had no idea this would happen when I started this blog but it keeps me going. I’ve even woken up in the middle of the night to write because I didn’t get in the practice before the clock struck midnight.

Did I mention the guilt that washes over me if I don’t stay on schedule? Well, it’s not the best feeling but it works. Even if it’s a “bad” writing session, I know I have something work on later. Maybe the writer’s block I had a few years ago was a good thing because turned me into a more consistent writer.

Stay in rhythm this week. Find your writing routine. Start with a prompt if you’re brain is stuck. You could always click on the link below to get more exercises to add to your resource library. (The self-plugs will never stop and I don’t apologize.)

My posts are Monday through Friday.

Imagine Inspire Create: 52 Weeks of action and gratitude is available at:

Get closer to your writing goals with my Writer’s Journal filled with writing prompts and exercises. You can find a copy at

~Yoon Ju

Published by yoonjuwrites

I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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