“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” – Paulo Coelho
In the beginning, clients often tell me they think writing is hard work.
I tell them, “Not if you write when you’re flush with ideas.”
Do you know how flush is defined?
“A rushing or overspreading flow.
A sudden rise of emotion or excitement.
Glowing freshness or vigor.”
Wow. What writer wouldn’t want that?
Writing is only a chore or a bore when you over-think it.
From now on, don’t write when you’re grinding; write when you’re glowing.
Writing is joyous when you’ve just observed or experienced something different, something intense – and you’re simply transferring the aha’s running through your mind onto paper.
The thing is, many of us are busy so we set aside a time to write. We sit down at the appointed hour and expect flow to show up, on command.
Flow doesn’t like to take orders.
It has a mind of its own.
It happens IN THE MOMENT.
It happens when we’re one with something that just happened and the miracle of it is filling our mind, soul and spirit.
That’s when we need to sit down and write.
When those exquisite moments happen, we need to GO WITH THAT FLOW or it disappears.
Next time, you see something, feel something, understand something as if for the first time … and your mind starts racing with epiphanies … honor them.
Sit down (even though you have ‘other things to do) and get those thoughts out of your head and onto the screen or notepad … as fast as you can.
Without editing or critiquing.
Let what wants to be said come out in a vigorous rush … because what’s coming out is alive.
It may not be grammatically perfect … but it will have a voice, a passion, a pithy purity that only results when we’re swept up in what wants to be said.
When we do that, when we get out of the way and facilitate what wants to be said along its way, we collaborate with the muse.
It may sound grandiose, but writing those thoughts down in the moment is a way to render them immortal.
When we are in that pure state of flow, we are simply the conduit for whatever insights are blossoming within us.
We are merely the messenger and our role is to get those thoughts out of our head (where they serve only us) and into the world (where they have the opportunity to serve many).
You know you’re getting this “right,” when you look at what you’ve written and it’s better than you know how.
So, if you want writing to be a blessing instead of a burden; if you want to be at your intriguing best, write in the FLUSH of the moment to free up FLOW.
They don’t call them fleeting thoughts for nothing.
Next time you experience something that gets your juices flowing, get going.
Actually, sit down and let what wants to be said …. get said.