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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let It Go - Writing Without Worry

There's a reason I play this song every time I write.

There's always a burden I bring into my writing sessions: this book sucks; it will never sell; I should go grocery shopping; my inbox is full of unanswered emails; where the heck is this plot going?

I have to clear out the nagging voices in my head before the real voices, the creative ones, can start speaking to me. I used to prepare for writing by making some tea and trying to meditate while it brewed. That worked well enough. Then Frozen came along, and my pre-writing routine seriously leveled up. Now I belt out Let It Go every time before I write (or, you know, do it in my head if the kids are home). 

Find a routine that works for you and use it, consciously, to open those subconscious floodgates and produce your best work. 

5 comments:

  1. Great idea! I'm learning to play Let It Go on the piano, and use it as a way to calm down when I'm mad at my 2.5 year old daughter. Seems to work pretty well, and it imagine it's equally good for banishing self-doubt and preparing to write. I'll have to give it a try!

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  2. I've had to let go of having a spotlessly clean house. I still get the guilt's over so many other things that I've let slip in trade for writing and marketing. I know I'm eventually going to have to put away the writing. Time will take away my ability to think clearly as I age. Seventy is just around the corner. No one is going to remember the dust bunnies on my coffee table after I'm gone. But I hope they'll remember the feeling of passion while reading my books. So, like you, "I'll let it go."

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  3. Susan, how did you know what I was feeling today?! You must be psychic. That is *exactly* what I said to myself when I woke up this morning: "This book sucks. It will never sell. The plot holes are as big as Jupiter. The characters are boring. I hate it and all my other ideas. I should never have quit teaching."

    I'm really surprised to hear that YOU think that.

    I guess I need a cleansing ritual, but I don't think it can be that song! (Still wondering why everybody likes that movie so much ...)

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  4. I love this! Heck, this can apply to many areas in life, yes?

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  5. Love this post! We sometimes can be our worst enemies and need to Let It Go! Loved this movie, too.

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