Grow, grow, grow your script / flowing down the page. / Word-il-y, Word-il-ly, Word-il-ly / book’s the final stage.

All levels of writers aspire for the words to flow into sentences, sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into pages with a continuity so overwhelming it brings tears to the eyes of the reader. This would be the beginning of the “to come to be” a better writer. It is rather like the confluence of a stream or river. The writing, writing, writing is the process that evolves into the next state of grow which is “cause to grow” followed by “allows to grow.” The amount of precipitation determines the depth of water in the stream. Natural forces designate the channel and type of stream bed the creek will develop. Just as the volume, time and determination the writer expends will mold the character and the output.

Things are flowing along with the writer and the creek, when what should appear but a boulder in one of its many disguises: writer’s block, lack of information, or interferences of daily life. A stream might make a new channel or form a pool or a waterfall. The imagination of the writer may direct the energy to solve or circumvent the obstacle or diversion by taking a walk in the woods, or to seek additional information from interviews, or reading resources pertaining to the “boulder.”

Time moves on. The stream may meander and mature as things that grow have a way of doing. The writer will mature and grow and learn from the mistakes made. “Trying to grow up is hurting, you know. You make mistakes. You try to learn from them, and when you don’t, it hurts even more,” according to Aretha Franklin. A first grade boy answered, when asked why he didn’t make a correction on his writing paper, “Teacher said we learn from our mistakes.”

In all of the stages of grow it is important to keep a journal and remember, “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. Don’t wait for something big to occur start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead into something greater,” as Mary Manin Morrissey said.

Feedback is a critical element. Critiquing is a powerful lesson. Writers are often blind to their writing inadequacies. Joining a group can provide the motivation necessary to correct the weaknesses. Internet online critique groups can work as well as the in-person group. Try both to find the best fit.

Writers continue to grow when the critiques are analyzed and utilized for strengths and for points of improvement. The glow of words well written illuminate the strong currents and allows the errors to be a checklist and not an attack on the character of the person.

The creek finds its way to the final destination of a river, lake or sea while the written entity has a need to rest before the final proofreading/rewriting and the beginning of the journey to the publishing houses, newspapers or magazines.

What starts as a trickle can grow to a raging torrent that carries material along that cannot slip out of the powerful grip of the current

To write is to grow and to grow is to write, right?