This month's Taming the Critic post is about free writing (and yes, I can hear y'all groaning out there.)
Here's your mission: print out a few copies of the Clouds picture (pdf is linked below). Sit down with your favorite pen and write. Whatever is on your mind can be your starting point. *Nothing* could also be just fine. Write for 20 minutes straight through, no thinking. Just spill the beans. Julia Cameron suggests starting with "I don't know what to write." Thoughts will tumble into your mind. Write big and sloppy. Pay no attention to grammar or spelling
For instance: I've been thinking about altering some clothes. I just can't seem to let go of my fear of messing them up so I'm procrastinating. Our minds get clouded and it's time for clarity.
Why Am I Procastinating?
Free writing is theraputic. Fold those papers up, put them in an envelope marked "PERSONAL and PRIVATE." Although people rarely take the time to read someone's writing, especially when it is sloppy.
If you like origami, here is a little video that shows how to make an envelope from a single sheet of paper. I wrote on the back of my papers and folded them into an envelope. Like Fort Knox.
Face your critic. He/she is probably very familiar and less scary than you think. Have a great weekend.
xo - Diana
Download Clouds journal page