I'm doing a call-out to all writers; any writer within the sound of my voice as it were, all writers who need to know, who need to believe in their voice, to all writers who need to connect with the soul of writing.
Here is what I want you to do:
Go into your private place, the place where you write. Never mind where; it can be on the couch in front of the TV with a paper tablet and pencil, or on the dining room table with your typewriter. You may not have an actual room complete with a door and computer. Point is, just go. Go to that place.
Sit down, get comfortable. No phones. No TV. Absolutely no Internet. No distractions. Ask your husband/wife to get the kids a snack. Close the door, if you're lucky enough to have a door. Tune-in to yourself. Turn on whatever music you need to begin the process. I've been told that Stephen King writes to hard rock and that music by Mozart stimulates the creative side of the brain. No matter. Turn on whatever brings you inspiration, whatever wakes your writing side. If you prefer silence, fine. Just bring yourself into that place where you can write.
Now, write or type the first thing, the first thought that comes to your mind. Write it down; don't worry about it being physically perfect, just get it out of your brain. Let it go now, let it breath, let it take on a life of its own.
Don't think about it, don't analyze it, simply let the process begin within you. You're giving birth now. Isn't that a gas?
Write another sentence, and another and another. Allow yourself to enter into that place where you begin to flow; let go, let go. It's not scary. You can do it.
For a first time experiment, I'd say give it twenty or so minutes, although I will not tell you to watch the clock. Your internal clock will dictate. However, if you quit sooner, or if you sit all day writing, don't worry about it. See where it goes; just follow along. Don't worry about formatting. Don't worry about anything proper. Simply get those thoughts out of the bucket of your soul, out of your brain and heart, and put them onto the page as words.
Come back and tell me what you wrote and what your experience was.
Freelance writer Yvonne Erwin is vice president of Springfield (Missouri) Writers' Guild. Her nonfiction has been published in Weeping Waters 3rd Edition and fiction in Glimmertrain. She blogs at y-write.blogspot.com.
Photo by Doris Plaster.
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