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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. 


  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!

  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."

  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 ...)

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

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