While sitting upstairs at Mom's table eating lunch during my week off from my day job, I often fed my inner muse by reading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I'm looking after her bird Coco while she's on her own month-long vacation in Michigan, and he needs social time with Brad and me without Mom there. So I have all my meals upstairs and hang out with Coco, read the paper, catch up on a bit of TV, or browse through Mom's gardening magazines or creative books like The Artist's Way.
This piece about a woman discovering her voice really resonated with me. It refers to a technique Ms. Cameron uses in all her workshops called morning pages.
This is a form of wake-up exercises for the writing brain, like athletic stretches or musical scales. Ms. Cameron has found that creating a habit of non-judgmental free writing every morning deactivates the inner critic inside all of us, and releases the real creativity chomping at the bit behind him or her.
I haven't tried these morning pages myself, but I have to say my experiences with my blog have acted in a similar role for me. There was a time I never could have come up with new poetry once a week, or new scenes like clockwork for my Weekend Writer's Retreat. But the habit of daily writing for my blog has cleared my perfectionist tendencies somewhat.
Not entirely! LOL! Getting there.
Here is the found poem I crafted from The Artist's Way:
Letters and Lists
Leggy racehorse socialite
Hid her brains for years
Behind her beauty
Hid her life for years
Behind her man's
With a great deal of surface cheer
Phyllis tried the morning pages
Leggy socialite's inner conviction
They would never work for her
It had been ten years
Of social letters
Ten years since she had allowed herself to write
Phyllis allowed no pages
Pages would never work for her
Never her man's Phyllis
Socialite hid brains
Conviction, ten years
A month into morning pages
Seemingly out of nowhere
Phyllis got her first
In three years
Phyllis has written
Phyllis' surface allows brains
Phyllis' bread-and-butter is writing
A nonfiction book
Her man's Phyllis
Works for her
- Julia Cameron, 1992
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Minnesota Mamaleh says Your words? Resonate. Your tips? Hit the spot. And your poem? Divine.
Shelley Munro says You're good at this poetry stuff. A lot of writers I know swear by Julia Cameron's book.
Riia Infinity says Beautiful and lovely poem^^