When you were little did you write your name over and over? I know I did. I loved feeling how the pen ice skated over the paper. How my name got extra loopy, contracted, flowing, legible, illegible.
All while trying to come up with the signature that looked just right.
I also remember copying down my favorite books, line by line, page by page. Just for the fun of it.
Or scribbling down a fairy tale in my floppy wide-ruled purple notebook, all because I had a summer afternoon to fill (and my mom wouldn’t let me eat marshmallows all day).
There was a time when writing was playful and fun. When we created for the sake of creating and for the sake of how it made us feel.
However, as adults, we raise the bar, and we add expectation around the creative process.
And this makes sense.
There’s more at stake, more people reading, more purpose infused for our words to build our business, convey who we are, connect deeply with those we are meant to serve.
Writing now asks us to face our own fears, insecurities and doubts. It make us face our potential, capabilities and truest self.
It all feels so big and bold…..
And like work.
The writing that once felt light and breezy, now can feel heavy and foggy.
Or just not there at all.
But, the beauty of this heavy experience and the one we had as a kid? They are two sides of the same coin. And both approaches can lead to where we want our words to take us. Just one is less painful, and less time consuming than the other.
So, what if we were to approach a project differently?
What if we were to get our heads out of the game and get our bodies in it instead?
Because it’s our minds that can get cluttered. Our bodies bring us back home to how writing can feel.
Start writing by tapping into the sensual.
Instead of getting started on your website copy or your book (that feels big already, huh?) type just to feel your fingers dance over the keyboard. Fall in love with the sound of typing.
Write in your notebook and focus on the feeling of your pen gliding over the page. Invest in beautiful pens and paper to write with.
Write a sentence over and over again just to see how it feels. Rearrange a word here or there to see how it lands.Take a moment to remember a favorite memory of when creating was fun, adventurous, magical.Click To Tweet
Set time aside to just mess around.
Play with words.
Write about not knowing what to write about.
Write about how it feels to write.
Write down the questions that are on your mind and allow your inner wisdom to give you answers.
Cultivate curiosity. Cultivate play in your practice.
When you write for the sake of writing, for the joy of hearing those keys making music, for the magic of an idea capturing you, the project that needs to get done starts to unfold.
Just as a kitten learns to hunt by playfully swatting a catnip mouse around for the fun of it, you learn to mine for your best work by batting a pen around for a while.
And ultimately, at the end of the day you are building a life with your words. And when you are trekking your own path choose joy over struggle…If for no other reason than you can.
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