The question that LASR asked me to blog about was “If I were a fly on your wall during a writing day, what would I see?”
What you see might surprise you, and hopefully, it might inspire you. Yes, you would sit me at the computer, writing, brainstorming, day dreaming. You’d hear music playing on my computer. You’d see my cat snoozing beside me. You’d see my exercise bike in the corner that I jump on when I’m feeling burned out or frustrated. But that’s all window dressing. To see what is really worth seeing, you might have to look a little harder.
See, I believe that writing, the best writing, can come only from the soul. To make that happen, I’ve learned I need to get myself in a positive frame of mind while I write. I need to listen to what my soul needs, and then respond.
For example, I have a beautiful desk in my bedroom that was my grandfather’s for seventy years (he lived until he was 94). I still have memories of him sitting at that old desk working, and I can practically feel his presence at the desk when I look over at night. It’s very powerful for me, and I love working there… but there are days when it’s not right. There are days when I want to bask in the sunshine and the wide open space of the living room, and then I camp out on the couch with a fuzzy blanket. I’ve been on the couch for the last six months, and it’s where I need to be. At first I felt a little guilty, not using my grandfather’s desk, but I’ve learned that I need to listen to that voice inside me, honor it, and follow it. So, the couch has become mine. 🙂
Across from the couch, I have the living room wall covered with 8 ½ x 11 sheets of paper filled with inspirational quotes. I used to buy cards that had inspirational quotes on them, but then I realized that what inspires me changes from day to day. Instead of continuing to buy cards that might become obsolete, I keep a stack of paper and a purple marker and Scotch table on the dining room table. Everything I have a thought that fires me up, I write it in big letters and tape it up. So, when I sit down on the couch, and my mind starts to wander, I look up, and I see words that matter to me, words that encourage me to dig deep, words that make me believe in myself. Seeing those words help move me forward to that next step.
Today’s words are: “I believe in myself. I can do anything. I really can.”
Still up there from other days are: “Worry doesn’t actually accomplish anything. It’s okay to let go of worry.” And “This is my path. I don’t need to justify it to anyone.” They help me, and they are beautiful. Find your words, put them up where you will walk by them every day, and then put new ones up each time you have a thought that feels good. I find that switching out the signs and putting new ones up makes me notice them, and when I notice them, I feel my entire body relax or get energized in response.
The greatest stories come from within, and I am, after a decade of writing, finally at that place where I am letting that happen, and it is changing the stories that I’m writing, and it’s beautiful. I would love to hear what others do for inspiration. What quote or thought gave you a pick-me-up this morning? What do you do that reaches inside you and helps you find that inner strength, that flash of joy, that power to take get yourself to take one more step toward your goal?
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