My Writing Pants

Way back on day one of this 31 day series for the love of writing, I told you that I almost named the series “something about pants.”

The title needs work.  Perhaps…

Write from the heart, a kick in the pants.

Just write: finding the best “fit” for your writing voice.

Words that fit.

Nope. Still needs work. I’m better at puns than I am at titles. Please don’t let my horrible titles make you miss the point, because it’s a good one.

Finding your voice as a writer is all about finding the right pair of pants.

writing pants

The wrong pants don’t do us any favors.

I happen to adore the way patterned wide-legged palazzo pants look in a magazine. They’ve been popular off and on since I was a little girl, and I’ve always thought they were glamorous and rather movie-star like.

Unfortunately, they look horrible on me. I’ve owned a few pair and my husband always hates them. He calls them “clown pants.” After a good long critical look in the mirror, I was forced to agree. Anything wider than a boot-cut just doesn’t flatter my figure.

It was true when I was a size 8 AND when I was a size 28. It’s been true in every size in between.  On me, they look like clown pants.

I’ve come to terms with the idea of never wearing palazzo pants.

In much the same way, I’ve made peace with bossy britches, crabby pants, grouchy pants, and cranky pants.  If they aren’t flattering, I shouldn’t wear them.

While I’m at it, I’ve categorically rejected pajama jeans. Do I really need to explain why?

The right pants matter.

I’ve defended my right to wear sassy pants, yoga pants, big girl pant(i.e.)s, and even a good pair of denim jeans.  They fit my life, they’re comfortable, and they actually look good on me.

I’ve also got room for fancy pants and smarty pants when the occasion fits.

finding your voice as a writer is like finding the perfect pair of jeans

Finding your voice as a writer is like finding the perfect pair of jeans.

If you’ve ever searched for the perfect pair of jeans, you know how hard that can be.

But if you’ve ever FOUND that perfect pair of jeans, you know they can be life changing. They’re worth the effort.


If you’ve ever searched for your writing voice, you know how hard it can be. You know how many different voices you try on that don’t fit or flatter. You know the agony of finding something that “fits” but is impractical or uncomfortable.

What I’m hoping is that when you find your perfect writing voice, it’s life changing and worth the effort.

Until then, just keep trying on another pair of pants.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. {Kathy} Yes! As I sit here in my favorite writing pants (if you could call them that). They are comfortable. They don’t distract me. They let me eat while I write. They are perfect
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    • Slipping in to the right pair of pants is sometimes part of the ritual for me to get ready for writing. Today’s choice is well-worn denim cut off below the knee. Yesterday was totally a PJ day.

      What cha eatin?

  2. i always sit to write on my shorts and i think i cant find more comfortable outfit than this and when you feel free then you write from your heart.

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