On Daily Writing

527623_501413269894758_949104269_nTwo of the most well-known books on unleashing creativity are: Writing Down the Bones- Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg, and The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Both authors approach art as a spiritual practice. Both recommend daily writing as an essential part of that practice. Both encourage a disregard for spelling, grammar, and handwriting during daily writings. Neither seems to care if the writing is good, only that the artist sinks into the process. There are different ways to do this, such as committing to a certain number of pages each day, or giving oneself a minimum amount of time to write. You can check out the above links to learn more about how it works.

I both love and hate these pages. I rebel often by writing complaints the whole time or skipping them altogether. But I am happier with this time to write without regard to the listener. The structure reminds me to write regularly even if it’s not a new poem.  The frustrations that so often plague my hamster-wheel brain fall out of the writing eventually, and I have room to let life in. Here’s a random sample from my current journal:

“A flash of light. The yogurt container- a full organic, low-fat, vanilla-flavored quart.”

“Morning runs are always more difficult for me because I’m a groggy in the morning and haven’t eaten yet.”

“I’ve been too hard on this place.”

“My thumbnail has gotten long and digs into the side of my pointer finger around the curve of my pencil.”

“I ended up putting a quarter of it in the dispose-all, which clogged the sink again.”

“A warm pastry with so much butter it leaves my lips glossed with grease. Stuffed with chocolate. THANK YOU GOD.”

“I feel like a bag of knotted ropes, or better, a pile of overdone spaghetti without oil, all stuck together and mushing in the colander.”

“I don’t know if this practice makes me a better writer, but I’m sure it makes me a better person.”

About Lizzy Fox

Lizzy Fox is a spoken word artist, dance enthusiast, teacher, friend, and outdoorswoman.  Originally from the woods of Vermont, Lizzy weaves the natural world seamlessly into tales of healing and the search for truth. Hauntingly honest, her work revolves around her own family story and calls us forth towards a spiritually healed world. While abroad in 2007, she was invited to perform for the Spoken Word All Stars in Windhoek, Namibia. While living in New York City from 2009 to 2011, she found a performance home at the WOW Café Theatre where she regularly contributed to their cabaret series, The Giddy Multitude. She was featured in The Gratitude Project by Maria Bauman and Dawn Robinson, WOW’s Uncharted: A Night of Poetry, and Releasing Forward with Anaís Alonso. She co-produced and performed in Still We Speak: Working within Tension, a collaboration of female spoken word artists and musicians exploring the intersection of gender and race. In addition to her many works at WOW, Lizzy has also performed at the Nuyorican’s Fresh Fruit Festival, in New York Public Library series Inner Voices, and across the northeast in support of environmental and climate justice movements. Her travels have put her on stage with Melodeego in Boston, placed her as an opening act for a film screening of Ciclovida, and led her to perform for hundreds of activists at Green For All’s All Green Everything party in conjunction with Power Shift 2011 in Washington, DC. She recently completed a journey in Colorado and New Mexico, where attended Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, performed in venues throughout Boulder, and most importantly, took time to deepen her spirit through travel. Lizzy is currently hunkering down in her home state where she is working on her first book and album, directing Halloween extravaganza The Haunted Forest, and offering coaching and workshops to young artists.
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