Mrs. Lincoln

I heard a quote recently that was attributed to Abraham Lincoln’s mother.

“The beginning of Wisdom is not imposed by discipline, but the beginning of Wisdom is first the desire for discipline, the love of it, the voluntary choice of it.”

I can’t say I’ve ever thought about discipline in quite this way before. I hear lots of talk in the writing community about writer’s block, procrastination, lack of time to write and so on. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a writer say he has a desire for discipline.

What would happen if we had a burning desire for a disciplined writing practice? If we loved sitting down at the same time every day to write, how might our productivity improve? If we voluntarily chose to be disciplined writers, how would our mastery of the craft improve?

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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