SINGLE STEP 365 ~ MINDFUL ~ WRITE YOUR LIFE ~ DAY 61

DAY 61

WRITE UNDER PRESSURE.

I’ve participated in NaNoWrimo twice. National Novel Writing Month occurs during the month of November each year. I’ve completed NaNoWrimo once. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. That’s a lot of pressure. My writing wasn’t perfect, and most of the time rambled, but theres no denying the moment magic joined me and changed my writing life.

To be able to finish NaNoWrimo, I wrote all the time. While I watched/listened to TV, had conversations with family and friends, listened to music, even while I listened to audiobooks. It was a sort of dance between my hands, brain, and the unknown creativity waiting for me. Each day I set my goal and began writing. I’d wait to hear a word, phrase, or idea that would help to progress my narrative in unexpected ways. Little by little, words began to flow, sometimes like a stream and sometimes like a waterfall, but they kept coming. For the duration of Nanowrimo I made sure to be receptive to the bits and pieces of inspiration. Then I’d use them, transform them, in some way. My writing flourished and became alive as I wrote my way to 50,000 words. (NOTE: I never copied anything word for word. I used the magic to clarify direction, open a plot doorway, create more depth.)

Then, a couple of days ago, I was listening to a poetry podcast and a poet spoke about how she wrote her entire book using 4 completely unrelated books. None of them were poetry books, they were more educational in nature. Anthropology, spirituality, stuff like that. She highlighted words and phrases that stuck out, then she combined them into a poem, and eventually into an entire book of poems.

I felt validated. I became excited. I understood the message: I need to get out of my own way and let the magic happen. Keep an open mind, listen for the inspiration, transform my writing.

Why not give it a try?

Set a time limit and/or a word count. Start typing/writing. Soak everything in. Listen to the radio, or TV, or favorite podcast. Talk with people. But keep typing/writing. In the end, I hope you will be amazed at the richness you added to your writing by being open to the magic of creativity and be willing to work under a little pressure.

Juliet

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4 thoughts on “SINGLE STEP 365 ~ MINDFUL ~ WRITE YOUR LIFE ~ DAY 61

  1. Quite a daunting task 50,000 words in a month! It reminds me of Yeats wife, (I forgot her name) was involved in automatic writing which was popular around the turn of the 20th century. She would put pen to paper and write whatever appeared in her mind. People back then claimed the words coming out of automatic writing were actually words from the deceased channeling through the writer. I read her book and found it incomprehensible at times. What you wrote about the poet drawing from four books and circling whatever caught her eye is often used by song writers. It also reminds me of a creative writer teacher I had in SCC that said to “play with the words” which is wonderful advice. These days I write a first draft poem not thinking much of form focusing on imagery or any phases that come to mind with the content I am dealing with. Then I start arranging, messing, playing with what I have until it takes shape. Very freeing and interesting.

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    • Very interesting. I’ll have to look into Yeats and his wife. I’d like to bring a sense of play and wonder into my current writing endeavors. Isn’t that what we should strive for? It should be fun. At least in the early creative stages. When we edit, we need the critical mind to cut and mold. I have to say it was interesting to write a scene, and just when I was having trouble finding the right word or direction, something from the TV or radio or someone’s conversation would give me what I needed. Intriguing to say the least. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and for taking the time to read my post.

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      • The playing with the words works best in poetry because it is a much more fluid sense of discovery than novels or short stories. I am writing a novel now and I find that sense of discovery more in what the characters decide what to do rather than the writer giving them direction. I love editing more than first draft. First draft is a sketch for me. Editing is adding color and depth. Great stuff you are writing in your blog!

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      • A sense of discovery is a good way to put it. When the writing shifts and the character takes over is when the fun begins. The narrative takes on life of its own. As you stated, progressing through the rough draft takes dedication and discovery. Edits are fun in that this is where the writer adds depth. I found that using this technique of “listening” I added depth into the narrative much earlier and it gave me more to expand on during edits. Thanks for the encouragement. I am just learning myself.

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