December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
This prompt is profound and laughable all at the same time. My whole world is made up of things that do not contribute to my writing because I let them... At the same time, while I have not made my way back to writing creatively (stories, poetry), I have found a home and a community here at WildRumpsing and in the blogosphere. I feel more connected to my writing and to the self-expression I so cherished and nurtured when I was young. That is very exciting to me. I continue to explore new ways to write, new forms of expression and art and all of the ways I am interested in also include writing and words.
One of the things I do each day that doesn't contribute to my writing in a big way is that I listen to the wrong voices. (Thank you, Jen Louden!) I can eliminate this! Or at least reduce it. I listen to the voices that tell me that I am wrong for wanting to spend time writing or creating or enjoying something. I listen to the voices that tell me that I have lost that spark, that drive, that talent that was developing in me back when I was disciplined in my writing practice. I listen to the voices that say that what I have to say will not be interesting to anyone but me and how egotistical of me to think otherwise.
New voices are starting to speak in me now - after much searching, almost three years of writing the blog, after attending the writers' retreat, working through "Creative is a Verb" and "Life is a Verb". Voices that affirm and support and are cautiously optimistic about the new avenues of art, art journaling, collage, photography, etc. that I have been using to reconnect with that creative part of myself. I am trying to listen to those tiny, quiet voices. They are timid and easily scared off, but I am trying to ask the right questions and listen for the answers.