It is the best writing advice I can give.
And the hardest one to follow.
I began this year planning on being devoted to writing. I have written almost every day since the year began. I started a new story I am writing long hand–though not cursive as no one wants to read my handwriting! I kept up with this blog, wrote two newsletters, and, once I was back home from Colorado and feeling better, I began work in earnest on my latest draft. Working title-Fremont.
I have noticed a huge change in my own attitude. I am a happier person when I write in the morning for 2 hours. It is almost a meditative reaction in me. I am calm, happy and centered. I am doing what I want to do and I am moving my story forward.
Nothing is quite the same.
I love a good yoga class. I love the way I feel when I am doing it or pilates and I love how I feel when I walk out the door but nothing is the same as the peace that comes over me after I have written. While I enjoy journaling and writing this blog the truth is the attitude change comes with writing my book.
Maybe it goes back to always working out my angst on paper as I was growing up. Writing gives me peace. I wrote all through cancer. In fact, one of the first things I did was begin this blog and it became a touchstone for me. I was intent on creating a space to encourage others and myself.
I think it is more.
I think it is about giving myself the space to take myself and my writing seriously. I am allowing myself the freedom to say,
“This I want to do. This is the way I will express my art and it is something that comes as naturally to me as breathing.”
Give yourself some room today.
Room to dream and express. Remember this, no one else needs to take it seriously, but you do. That’s when the magic happens.