Sunday, October 15, 2017

Finding Stillness - Surrender


Finding Stillness is a weekly series on ways I find stillness without meditating. Follow the tag to read the other posts.
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Every moment of every day
When thoughts swarm in
When emotions become too big
For your mind to contain
Surrender

Every time you feel
You can't find any moment
Of peace and quiet
In your all too busy day
Surrender

Every moment of fear
When you feel the world
Is such a weight to carry
Stop and take a deep breath
Surrender

Surrender, because you know
That thoughts and fears are
Eaters of time and energy
Stillness is your center
Surrender

Friday, October 13, 2017

journaling

My journal is in my lap
An empty page awaits
I twirl my pen between my fingers
Stillness sets in my bones
And I write my joy
In bright purple ink
How can writing in this ink
Be anything but joyful?

My pen writes barely awake thoughts
Ideas slip through my fingers
And onto the eager paper
The sheets rustle like leaves
I smile as my handwriting
Becomes a sea of purple
Joyful play becomes life
Awake in the moment

Monday, October 9, 2017

On editing and passion

Last week I wrote about sorting my writing projects. This week is all about editing.

I am currently editing a non-fiction book. During NaNoWriMo I will edit a science fiction book, hopefully bringing it to second draft before the month is over.

Editing is hard! It is easy to lose your passion for a project during the editing process. Very easy. What helps for me is keeping focus on why I want to write this book, the passion for my story or idea.

This passion keeps the editing going.

I usually know this passion for the story before I even start to write. The book leaps out and says, "This is what I am, this is what I want to be, let's make me perfect!"

And even through the edits for the hardest chapters, this thought helps me finish them.
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