Having finished my creative writing course, I wish that at the beginning of it, I had given myself the same advice I gave my boy when he told me he didn’t want to go to the School Sports Carnival.
I gave him the standard parental advice about the importance of trying, to give things a go. Winning isn’t everything, I explained and that even for me, no matter how many running races I complete, I’m never first.
He gave me a discerning look, “Why even bother, Mama???”
Yes, why even bother, indeed.
Walking into that first writing class, I was shit scared, caught up in detrimental thoughts of not being good enough or feared of being judged.
But I walked away with valuable lessons about trusting your creativity process and keep the negative voices at bay.
Use pen and paper
It sounds so old school but oh wow, how liberating! To sit for 20 minutes at a time and let my imagination take over and have my hand almost dance across the page! Then finishing up with a sore, cramped hand? What a weird yet accomplished feeling!
Give yourself permission to write junk
Mr Surfer is always giving me a hard time about my collection of notebooks. I keep buying them and yet, they’re all still empty and unused. Despite good intentions to write, there was the lingering fear of writing shit. But guess what? Even Ernest Hemingway wrote shit. So now I have at least 2 notebooks full of shit. My husband will be so proud.
Steal time to write
I often moan about how little time I have to write – kids, part-time work, But funnily I managed to make time to do the daily we were set with daily homework. Sure, I watched less TV and went off-line more often but now I know I can’t be making any more excuses.
I don’t know where all this writing is going to take me. It might take me nowhere. But what’s most important is that I let my imagination go on any journey it wants to.
Enjoy the ride. Don’t worry about the destination.
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