In July 2017 I began writing a book. Removing creative blocks and getting back in the flow seems to be a daily struggle as of late.
This morning I designed an exercise to do a “rewrite” of the negative thoughts I woke with. I share it here so that you might be able to try it out for yourself. It’s designed for you to ‘tell it like it is’… to give your heart a hand and re-write the story… leaving you with a new context from which to work.
Journal for 1 minute about a complaint or difficulty regarding your creative project.
Set a timer for one minute, start the timer and write everything your head has to say about it. Don’t think, just be a stenographer for your mind.
When the timer goes off, finish the sentence you’re working on and stop.
Go through the paragraph and circle or highlight any word(s) that don’t leave you excited to work or have a negative impact on you.
When complete… read it aloud and emphasize the words you have singled out. Exaggerate them as you speak… be silly and playful.
Re-write your story. Do it as if you are editing for a loved one or a client and create a paragraph to inspires your work.
My example from this morning highlighting words that don’t inspire me in bold:
“Writing a book is challenging. It’s hard to focus because I’ve created so much material and have so many ideas. I get overwhelmed with where to start leaving me distracted and anxious about what to do next. When people support me I’m motivated but I want direction and a clear path to completion. “Stay in the step you’re in” was coaching I got recently. I’m trying but it seems like I’m not getting ahead or making progress and its frustrating. I know it’s all made up but I worryhow long this will take if I keep going at this pace. That is my concern.”
I started the timer and let my head run wild for an unadulterated 60 seconds, and those are the words that ‘came to mind.’ I was forced to tell it like it is. My mind, given the chance, will lie and tell me things aren’t as bad as ‘I think’ they really are.
The final step. I took the same paragraph and re-wrote the story to empower me for the day ahead. I wrote it as if I was writing it to inspire someone else.
“Writing a book is amazing. It’s easy for me to focus because my creativity flows and turns into art. I am used by waking each day with actions to take, giving me opportunities to focus on what’s in front of me and get excited about what I get to do next. When people support me I’m at my best, getting direction and I can see a clear path to completion. ‘Stay in the step you’re in’ is a phrase I live from. I’m doing it effortlessly and dancing with failure taking it one step at a time. Making progress at the pace I’m making it. The great mystery is unfolding and I’m in awe with the process… as I get closer to completion. What a gift.”
The feeling in my chest after reading the second version aloud was one usually reserved for butterflies caused by a new crush. I’m back in love with the day… ready to dance and sing and creatively flow again.
Try it for yourself. I look forward to your comments and feedback about what happened in your heart/chest as a result of telling it like it is… and thank you for the opportunity to support each other with words, education and the love of love.
Boise is a writer, actor on sabbatical and educator of all things love