I just returned back to the desert after being gone for nearly two weeks. Being a writer I find myself constantly making notes and thinking like a writer. I usually have a pen handy and several notebooks with me at all times. This time I spent away I made a conscious decision to do something I have never done before…to NOT write. I decided that I would spend my time away instead of documenting and recording my journey just to be fully present. I purposefully did not blog (as you can tell by my last blog entry date) nor would I journal or write. I put myself on a writing fast and wanted to see if I could really do that. The first few days were tough, I found myself wanting to document each day, but then I became aware of each day and each moment and encounter I had with those around me. Instead I got to hear some of the most amazing stories of some women I encountered on my journey. It lead me to believe even deeper that yes, every one does have a story to tell. By being fully present I was able to listen to their story of their life and marvel at how wonderful it is to be alive. Today in your writing be aware of all who enter into your realm. Be fully present in all of your conversations.Read more
Write to please yourself. Let yourself become a part of the story. But here comes another one of those signifying “howevers.” Boasting is a bore. Write about yourself with confidence and pleasure. But make sure all the details-people, places, events, anecdotes, ideas, emotions-are moving your story steadily along, taking you where you want to go without bragging, being defensive or upstaging.
Disentangle yourself from the ghosts. Stockpiling those disparaging memories defeats and hurts you. Besides, they take up too much room. I’ll tell you a secret…contrary voices suffer from middle-age spread. The longer you keep them, the more they will swell to become bigger and uglier until they consume all the storage space in your head, crowding out not only your creative instincts but, worse, the confidence to expose your singular voice and view. Fortunately they shrivel and shrink in the light.Read more