Just a note to our music-lovers…

Hey, so I was at MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) yesterday and thinking about all the people I know who write and play music. It was a long list. #creativemovement

Anyway, I saw this book and the writer in me jumped out to say “I’d love to write in this!”

Then my inner-pianist said “It’s for writing music, stupid…”

“…oh, yeah…”

blank music notebook, music journal

Nevertheless, I was inspired, and I snapped a shot of it to bring light to something wonderful:

Musicians, when you write music, you can also write your inspirations and stories behind your work, and for that, I’m so jealous!

I’m just a wannabe poet, but those sections of lines inspired me to have structure on the page when I write my pieces! Guidelines! Like your music does.

Maybe one day I’ll learn the Piano better and actually pursue the Harp like I’ve always dreamed… then I’d love to fill a Journal like this with my heart… and my music!

<3

There’s no excuse not to Journal in 2017

Look, no one likes failing.

So don’t fail. Write this year, come on, it’s not so hard as everyone always says. I’ll tell you why:

One: people always say that new things are hard at first, just so that (if it turns out badly) they can say they knew it was never going to happen from the start. These people are defeatists and their input and opinions of your life or goals should be limited, I think…

Two: Writing doesn’t take skill. At. All. It only takes the discipline to STOP, and focus your wandery little brain for less than the amount of time it takes to wash your hair when you know the hot water is going to run out. All writing takes is for you to stop doing everything else, for one minute and do only one thing: focus. Then you won’t have to think forever to find something to write, because it will find you. Clear the clutter = words flow.

Three: WE LEARN TO WRITE WHEN WE’RE FOUR! Some earlier. So don’t sit there and try to say you can’t write, because that’s not what you’re really saying.

What you’re really saying is “I can’t write a best-selling novel”

“I can’t write a poem”

“I can’t write a movie script”

“I can’t write a speech”

“I can’t write a ten page paper about crap I don’t care about”

Well, you may be correct. But if anyone ever says they can’t write in a journal, they must either be lying to themselves… or illiterate. One is fixable right now, the other only takes a fresh start and practice.

So you see: There is nothing stopping you. There is nothing hard about it other than making yourself shut up, sitting down, clearing away the negative voices for 60 seconds and getting a few words down.

Because once you start sharing parts of yourself with the page… feeling how much weight comes off your shoulders, seeing the world in a different light than before…

Trust me, you won’t soon stop.

3 Ways to Write during busy Holidays!

When things get busy, the things you love most can sometimes slip, unfortunately.

Here are 3 tips to keep your journal alive -if a little minimized- throughout the Season!!!

1) Leave it open with the pen laying in the spine, next to the door. – In my experience, when I’m about to leave a room and I see something that reminds me of a task I need to complete, it helps if I can do it quickly as I walk out! Try setting your Journal on a table or dresser right by the door so that, when you leave, you can notice it, pause, and write a line or two!!! Even if it’s “I’m late, I need to buy six more gifts, I wish the holidays were over already.” At least it would be a genuine record of that moment…? 🙂 Then you’ll end the season with several pages of snip-its and snap-shots of crazy moments!

2) Write your holiday lists and to-do’s inside it! That way there’s at least evidence of a reason why you didn’t have time to write. Plus, it’s a sort of journaling, in that: you’ll re-call that huge ham and how hard it was to find Jenny’s favorite brand of cranberries. Ahhh, good times… >:P

3) Start a Holiday Diary. No, really: a Holiday-Only Diary that is special for this time of year. In it, you can record only the festivities and family nonsense that the winter season brings out! Make it a Winter tradition and part of the special things you look forward to as you add each new year!

Above all, if you make it through the end of the year and are still standing, even if you wrote not a word… sit down and make a choice on whether it really matters enough to re-hash, or if you simply want to tell you Journal that this season was tough, enough said and let’s move on.

Whatever you choose, keep it positive and keep writing, no matter when you get the chance;)

Happy Holidays, friends!

 

A note to writers of any number of minutes or years…

Dear reader who is also a writer, or wants to be:

I want to you to know that writing is at once easy and difficult, fun and scary, simple and infinitely complex. Don’t worry so much about it, because really you’ll be more proud of the fact that you wrote than how picked-perfect it was.

I can write an essay of great prose, but it won’t mean anything to me if I spent a month polishing it and wrote nothing else.

Why?

Because that means I missed that month.

All the great things I could have put down without thought to greatness or fancy style… all the moments I could have captured and made into life-long memories… Sentences that needed no editing because they were born of an already perfect scene.

So I urge you, Writer. Don’t be that writer. Don’t be so caught up in the final product that you miss the simple beauty of somethings original expression.

Write… just to write. And love it for that.

~r~