Journal Writing: The Basic Rules of Writing Practice
(from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg)
1) Keep your hand moving –
Helps cut thru resistance; "creator" is the writing hand – if you keep it moving, your critic can't catch up; don't chastise or edit your writing.
2) Lose control –
Say what your creative hand wants to say; don't worry if it's polite, correct, appropriate, or truthful.
3) Be specific –
For example, don't say "car," say "the shiny blue Cadillac"; don't just say "fruit," say "the juicy red apple."
4) Don't think -
We usually live in the realm of 2nd, 3rd or even 4th thoughts, rather than in the realm of 1st thoughts... .how we flash on something.... Stay with the very first thought. Practice will help.
5) Don't worry about punctuation, spelling or grammar.
6) Know you are free to write whatever comes to mind.
7) Don't avoid what’s scary, confusing or intense.
Hemingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts." That is where the energy is.
Adams, Kathleen Journal to the Self: Twenty-two Paths to Personal Growth (1990)
Goldberg, Natalie Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life (1990)
Goldberg, Natalie Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (1986)
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“When we begin to find our authentic voice, the voice from the deepest part of our soul, our lives become a beautiful, rich and complicated orchestra, played simply and beautifully, rather than a single instrument or note which is sometimes out of tune.
This song may be different every day because we are different every day. We are growing, learning and changing. We are becoming who God wants us to be.
When we begin to find our authentic voice, the complexities of our lives become more harmonious because we have a much deeper understanding of who we truly are."
From I Am Woman: Finding My Voice by Janet Quinn, Ph.D.
(Feel free to think "I am HSP : Finding my Voice")