A Writer's Journal

 

Using the Soul as Writing Prompt

 
Yesterday, frustrated and 
unable to focus on my writing,
I let my mind off its leash
to wander as it wished--
I tagging along with scratch pad in hand,
recording where it went,
what it saw, what drew its interest and curiosity,
and thereby noticing what I normally might miss, discovering what I'm usually too busy to see, too preoccupied to occupy.
 
And so I offer this suggestion to fellow
frustrated and preoccupied writers...
 
 
 
Practice pointless writing.

Get a scratch pad. The backside of used paper is good.
(avoid clean, crisp paper, which can be daunting) 
and scribble freely, scribble nonsense, 
scribble a limerick or a haiku or grocery list,
or write a haiku from your grocery list.

Write anything
to jump-start your creative engine,
to invite in your Muse,
to reconnect with your Center and Source.

Give yourself a half hour to write nothing much, 
to write something inconsequential, 
something not-uplifting, not-memorable, 
to write something not-good.

Write for the sheer fun of writing, 
prime the pump to see what comes
(Maybe nothing--Wonderful! You're still writing.)

Write without point or purpose and definitely without plot. 
Write for the simple pleasure of finding what emerges,
of discovering what's there within you seeking a voice.

Turn your stream of consciousness into a stream of playfulness,
and words into playthings.

Today use your soul as a writing prompt.
 
 
 
First posted: March 23, 2020
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