In her blog iHanna asked an interesting question about questions–how long to do wait for the universe to answer you?
Krystyna faced wind and rain and decided it wasn’t a walking day. What then? Here’s her image-rich answer: “I nearly gave up on the meditation, then decided it was ok to do it lying in my warm and comfy bed. The idea of hatching myself arose as a result.”
Paula S. in Buenos Aires wsn’t sure about walking. Then she did: “Still I got my writing and walking in. I almost cried after the first block in an “I´m REALLY doing this” way. It was surprising how powerful the feeling was.”
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What kind of writing are we doing here? Journaling? Writing in a notebook? A
diary? The short answer is easy: it doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as you are writing at the same time every day.
The longer answer involves your history. If you haven’t done this before, you may be more familiar with the word diary. You may have had one when you were younger. You may think of a diary as a place to write secrets and a journal a place to write your private thoughts. Some people think of diary as a calendar, a way to track what happened in a given day, where they ate, how much they exercised, or other regular activities.
People keep journals and diaries for different reasons:
- To track business calls, miles driven, money spent for business reports or taxes
- A to-do list, perhaps with details added
- A place to write their ideas and work out projects, perhaps with drawings
- A way to track scientific notes, which are used in peer review
- A place to capture quotes and interesting phrases, maybe write poetry roughs
- A place to write story drafts to share with others
- An art book to fill with colorful pages to show others
- Any of the above to be strictly private
The work we are doing here is different. To my way of thinking (you are free to make up your own rules), this writing is very personal, maybe difficult to write and admit to, and something to be kept private. I’m writing in a book that I stick in a bookshelf. It looks like a lot of books in a bookshelf and would be hard to pick out in a house filled with books. Why am I so secretive? Because I am being brutally honest in these pages, writing down my confusion, admitting to what I don’t know and can’t figure out, what I need and don’t have, and not editing it in any way.
Is this really the path to creativity? For me it is. Creativity is my religion. I need to speak to the Creator openly, so I can get answers, inspiration, conclusions. As I show up completely honestly, I will develop honest, solid answers. And for me, that’s where creativity starts–with meaning making.
What is the source of your creativity? Where do these good ideas come from? If you want to use that as a starting point for writing, please do. If you want to share an answer that’s not too raw and private, welcome.
—Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach who is spending 30 days exploring and refreshing the wellspring of creativity with a group of strangers who feel like friends already.