I have no words to write, to share. But wait!
Are you not reading the words I’ve written, that I've shared?
You see, I am simply typing what is coming to mind. No forethought, yet I must confess a little bit of editing.
When taking participants through a writing or visualization exercise, I encourage them to not edit their thoughts; for it is the first thoughts that are the purist and must be paid attention to.
Even as I write these words I am not looking at my keyboard; my tendency is to read over and again from start to finish. I will correct my spelling and grammar errors, however, when finished.
Before writing this piece I grabbed a book my brother, who also is a published author, titled “the writer’s portable therapist,” by Rachel Ballon, Ph.D. I open the book that contains no consecutive page numbering. The first bullet point says, “Remember to reconnect with the joy of writing and be in the process rather than the product.” (The page also contained the quote at the bottom of this post.)
Ah, yes! The joy of writing for me is words, which led me to thinking about the positive words I use and encourage all to use when they speak or write. Words are my obsession.
There. I said it. Words are my obsession. I love words to write with; I love words to talk with; I love words that bring people together; I love words that allow a person to discover or uncover their strengths, inner happiness, or their life purpose or personal message.
I’ve done this exercise before, and what I would like share here is that at the beginning of this post I had no clue how my words would take shape and eventually make sense for a themed writing.
How did I get to this point again? Follow my process below; it’s easier to use a keyboard; for me it’s as close to writing with a pen. I prefer this method because most times I can read what I write. (insert laughter here)
- Place your hands in the typing start position (left index finger on the F key, right index finger on the J key)
- Close your eyes. (keep them open to read the process first THEN close them)
- Begin typing your thoughts; do not edit, do not backspace. (neither on the page or what’s coming to mind)
- Keep typing as long as your thoughts continue.
- Stop the process when your thoughts stop for longer than a few seconds. (ten seconds of silence can seem a very long time)
Without rereading from the top of my post I am now able to grasp a theme and go with it.
At this point of writing I now had over 460 words; at 168 words I wondered how in the world I was going to reach 400. Now approximately at the 500 mark I can begin to wind down and sum up my theme, which, in this case is words put together simply one by one yields many wonderful and perhaps, prolific sentences.
You know what? This process sounds similar to what we do in life; we close our eyes, throwing caution to the wind perhaps and move forward one step at a time.
What will you type out in your life over the next day, week, month or year? How will you shape your theme?
I’d sure love to hear your thoughts on this one, so please feel free to share below.
Thank you for reading through this and all posts. I am in complete awe, gratitude, and appreciation to you!
To your success,
“The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” ~Anis Anan
Peggy Lee Hanson, personal transition guide and mentor, is expert at compassionately helping those suffering loss of any proportion, especially through unemployment. Using proven strategies and support, she teaches how to move quickly and easily through current or impending life-changing moments so that you can have the life you are meant -- and deserve -- to live.
PeggyLee is a Speaker, Best-selling author on Amazon.com, Certified Dream Coach® & Group Leader®, Trained True Purpose Coach®, and CEO and Founder of MyDreamArchitect.com, a subsidiary of Personal Transition Guidance, LLC. Also, Peggy Lee has co-facilitated mastermind groups and appeared as a regular columnist for online communities. She is a member of Toastmasters International.
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