Thank you for all of the lovely responses to my blog last week. As it was so well received, I thought I would continue to blog my personal journey in the hopes that it might help someone else in a similar situation.
I mentioned in my last blog post that I am finding it difficult getting back into my writing (and a lot of other things) after current events, but over the past week I have been trying something different. Years ago, I read a book by Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way and in it she recommends a tool called The Morning Pages. She asks you to write three pages of longhand writing daily in a stream of consciousness – in other words write whatever comes out. This brain drain approach has at least been helping me to clear out the circular thoughts I’m currently plagued with.
The idea is that all of the petty stuff that circulates in your brain stops you from being creative. You have to be careful as you are doing this though to just write and not to censor your words as you do it – just keep your pen moving across the page.
I’ll share a little extract from mine to give you the idea –
Feeling lost. Up one day and down the next. Today I feel close to tears all the time and don’t know what to think. Need a holiday where I can relax, preferably by the sea. Need to walk on the sand to soothe my soul, need to hear the waves and smell the salt…
Also, as part of exploring different writing genres, I signed up last minute (ten minutes before the course started!) for an online course on historical fiction and spent two hours imagining life from the point of view of a woman in the English Civil War. It was fun and thought provoking.
I also had fun helping some writing friends produce little promotional videos for their books. Like this one on Twitter. (click to view).
I recognise that getting back on track will take time, but I’m nursing myself through it. Let me know if you have tried The Morning Pages, or indeed if you give it a go.