What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.
– Eugene Delacroix
I always advocate writing from the heart and not self-editing. Sometimes it’s hard to say what one really feels, even if you’re sure that no one is going to read it. Imagine the kind of freedom that could come from being absolutely certain that your thoughts and feelings will be safe from peering eyes.
Try this: Spill your guts on the page and promise yourself that you’ll burn it as soon as you’re done writing. You can say absolutely ANYTHING. Sometimes all we need is to write things down to give ourselves a bit of clarity. Have a go, bring a match, don’t burn the house down…
Writing Prompt: Burn After Writing
I often ask myself, if I could do anything at all, if bills and time were not a factor, what would I do? The answer hasn’t varied too much over the years. So, how would I spend every waking moment of every day?
I’d shut myself up in my office with a coffee maker, my books, writing desk and computer. I’d nestle into my chair, (a director’s chair made of burnt orange canvas). I wish sometimes that I had two lives I could live every day. One in the office where I write and read and dream my days away. Another where I run around learning and speaking with people who work in my industry.
If you could do anything at all, what would it be?
Writing Prompt: Anything at all
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
– Hannah Arendt
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mind is going in a hundred different directions. It drifts to work and some intense meetings I had today. I’ve been thinking about next year and the things I have to do to make it successful. I’m excited, but it’s going to be busy. I have so many plans and ideas and there are so many people I want to share them with.
Thoughts have wandered to my family back in California and for the first time, I understand that if I wished it, I could leave and go back there. It would be hard, it would take a few months to get it all sorted, six at least, but I’m free to go when I choose.
I thought about Wanda, one of my dearest friends and how much I admire her independence. I wonder if the guy who invented paperclips still gets royalties. Titch is on the sofa with me asleep and although I know this is a long way off, just the thought of not having her with me makes my throat constrict and heart beat a little faster. The Terminator is on TV and I remember where I was when it was released in the cinema and how scary Arnold Schwarzenegger was to me at that age.
I feel restless and I wish my mind would sit still for just a minute. I’m hoping that by having a bit of a stream of consciousness brain-dump, I’ll feel better and have a chance to sleep, an activity that has avoided me for some nights now.
When I feel like this,expressing some random thoughts sometimes helps. I use this exercise in the morning sometimes, when my mind is still working, processing my dreams and trying to push them back until they’re nothing more that an indent on my pillow, waiting for the night to come again.
Try this, just write freehand for 30 minutes. Don’t edit, don’t stop. Just let your mind wander and see where it takes you.
Writing Prompt: Random
Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
– Francois Duc La Rochefoucauld
Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
– Melinda Haynes