I laughed out loud this morning when I read an excerpt from yesterday’s writing practice. I wrote:
♡ Today I want to get over the hurdle of fear, preferably without smacking my face, my ass or my thighs on the way down.
How can I get more honest than that?
For years I wrote in the style of Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but after more than a decade of this practice, I needed to try something new so I borrowed from poet Billy Collins to include a list of 20 things I did the day before.
This works on many levels AND I have gone on to modify this practice more.
Playfully experiment with different types of writing practice rather than giving up entirely.
I happily experimented my way into a writing practice that collects images, sensory observations and day to day using Collins “Yesterday I” with the first five entries honoring “what I did” and the rest following a combination of sensory prompts, listing my desires and also noting what I read (perhaps a good quote or two among blogs, books, etc) and more.
I put my list into a monthly google doc. Everyday when I start working it is the first task. I take each prompt and respond five times to each.
My current, everyday writing practice foundation looks like this:
Here is what my current daily prompt currently looks like.
Yesterday I (action)
^ Yesterday I felt
Yesterday I saw
𝅘𝅥𝅲 Yesterday I heard
🕮 Yesterday I read
⇌↪Yesterday I smelled
♡ Today I want
☆ Today I affirm (and I write an affirmation or affirmative statement. Sometime I use scripture or modify quotes, too.)
╳ Any a-ha’s? (More often than not I don’t have anything to list but when I do, this is a beneficial category. I also think it helps to awaken my subconscious mind to remember and bring them to the front of my brain instead of getting stuck in minutia.)
By the way, I did not get physically injured when I climbed over the hurdle of fear. If anything I rose higher than I might have expected.
I may challenge myself to write what I want to do with fear on a more regular basis!
I know not everyone believes in writing daily or even regularly. For me, it works.
Most importantly when the practice I was using stopped working, I circled back and experimented to find what worked better for me.
Right now I have two distinctive, short (takes less than 15 minutes) writing practices – the one you are reading here and #rolloverandwrite – which is a brief before sleep write (sometimes literally a scribbled sentence) and then soon after awakening I roll over while still in bed and pick up my notebook instead of my phone.
In the latter practice, I have gotten much better at remembering my dreams AND I tune into a lot more of my personal wisdom I didn’t know was there that I use in my work with coaching clients, my blogging, my relationships and even in my social media planning.
How regularly do you write?
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