The artists among us might say “Let’s Woo Your Muse” Clearly it is time to restore your writing voice now. Time to discover (or rediscover) the words within that are waiting to be written.
Here’s what we’ll do. We will give you an inspiring quote and write a variety of prompts from it so you have a menu of sorts to elevate you to express yourself.
We are starting today with beat poet Allen Ginsburg. He is helping us figure out what to do with leftovers: text messages, emails, half written instagram captions, unfinished essays and novels we left behind in a pile of whatever thought or interruption came along to distract us.
Have you ever found stuff you put aside or buried in scraps and thought later, “This isn’t bad!”
Let’s scoop up the wisdom we’ve started and never finished and see what’s left to create from a new perspective.
“Time’s left its remnants and qualities for me to use — my words piled up, my texts, my manuscripts, my loves.”
A remnant is a leftover bit of fabric like crumbs are leftover on the plate. When I was a little girl, my mom sewed much of my clothing, she would sometimes buy the remnants that were left on the end of a bolt after someone else used the majority of the fabric.
She would use it to make doll clothes or accent pieces on projects or, since she collected fabric like I collect books, sometimes we just put it away to inspire us.
Time’s remnants are leftover bits of that are connected to a specific time, space or experience and in Ginsberg’s quote, tidbits of writing. The texts he is speaking of are not like today’s texts, messages from one cell phone to another. He is talking about books written and not published.
Those tidbits hold the power of story within them: they are the substance of nostalgic “remember when…” conversations that make connect us to one another. Remember there is power in using storytelling in all our content.
I oftentimes suggest to my coaching clients and people in my workshops to glean or pick up bits and pieces of text messages and emails and Instagram posts to inspire or fill-in-the-blanks of other writing. The other place to look is remnants of memory or conversation.
What remnants has time left you? Pick one remnant and describe it as richly and fully as you can with words that relate to t=e senses, not abstractions like “wonderful” or “awesome”.
What remnants have you left in the lives of people you love or co-workers or even frenemies? Write a small tidbit of a story about one of the remnants. Use these as inspiration for characters in fiction or screen plays.
Make a list of 5 – 10 remnants of time in your life you would like to make into a quilt. Be fanciful and true.
Make a list of 5 – 10 remnants of time in your life you would NOT like ANYONE to remember. Be honest, be vulnerable.
Traditional writing prompts:
From the lists and the original questions, choose one which resonates and write interchangeably from these prompts.
I can’t leave without saying there are no rights and wrongs as to following the prompts here. There is only showing up for your life and your creativity and using what inspires you to fulfill your dreams, passion and purpose.
You may also choose to use these as conversation starters. I imagine there could be many heartful discussions from what we have launched here.
Do me a favor: leave a comment to tell me which prompt you will scoop up first so that I may support you fully in this adventure of creativity.
I love nothing more than supporting your process.
Julie JordanScott, the Creative Life Midwife, is a writer, a poet performer, a Creativity Coach, and a Mother of three. One of her
greatest joys include loving people into their greatness they just aren’t quite able to realize yet. To set up a complimentary exploratory session, please visit here. Be sure to follow her on Social Media platforms so you may participate in one of her upcoming events. You won’t want to miss a thing – your future self will thank you!
Mary Ellen says
Great idea, the remnants. Glad I ran into this blog post and to be introduced to you.
I really love the idea of gleaning the remnants of writing. I don’t know how many unfinished drafts I have in my various electronic hidey holes, not to mention my hoards of partially filled journals. Now I know where to go the next time I run out of words!
Exactly. I have something I call “my unpolished gems file” – it helps to go through those hidey holes every once in a while to see if there is a trend regarding what people are asking you about in order to create content – maybe beyond blogging into books and courses.
Jeanine Byers says
Those are great prompts!! I ❤️ the idea of remnants, so that we never lose the value of anything we left undone. I’ll be thinking about examples from my own writing.
Deborah Iliff says
Hidey holes. Remnants. Nice. A very usable tip. I’ve gone back over journals and years old blog posts, but never texts or emails.
Like bringing some of the past back to life. Can’t wait to see what’s worth ressurecting!