So, as I told you guys on Monday, I am winding down my current project and getting ready to throw it out into the world. I've played in the query pond before - felt the sting of rejection, wallowed in the funk that often accompanies this aspect of the business. In fact, I think I nearly killed with writerly BFFs with my angst during that time.
But, as Nichole Giles so eloquently put it earlier this week, I am not ready to jump onto the self-publishing bandwagon just yet....
which means I have to be willing to jump into the query pond!
So, as I prepare to take that leap of faith, I decided that the only way to NOT drive my friends nuts, I need to work on something - a shiny new project.
I got nothing.
It's time to go back to my writing practices and see what "comes up". That is, after all, how TRANSCEND found me.
Using some things from Julia Cameron's THE ARTIST'S WAY, as well things from Natalie Goldberg's WILD MIND, I am reaching into my inner well of creativity (yea, I usually feel like that well is dry - but I'll try none the less), following Natalie's rules for writing exercises and going for it!
What are the rules, you ask? Here you go:
· Keep your hand moving – no stopping or stalling, just keep it moving
· Lose control – no editing allowed
· Be specific – get below the initial layer to something deeper
· Don’t think – no second thoughts for this practice…no trying, just doing
· Don’t worry about grammar – that is for the editing process, not the initial practice
· Free yourself to write the worst stuff around – no putting pressure or expectations on yourself
· (I love this one) – Go for the jugular – do not shy away from the scary stuff…embrace the freedom of it all.Pretty brilliant, yes! Whose ready to join me and get some daily writing in? You never know what story is just waiting for you to pay attention to it.
**Taken from Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, 1990.