I have been a writer for many years. A neighbour suggested picking up a pen and journal when I was going through a particularly troubling time and I have not really stopped writing since.
I subsequently embarked on the Artist’s Way and dutifully wrote my three full Morning Pages each day.
After a while I understood why we were being asked to write three pages: something quite magical happens around the one and a half to two-page mark and you drop, quite unconsciously, in to the unconscious mind, the non-thinking part of your brain, and you just write, you simply write for writing’s sake.
I continued my three pages long after finishing the exercises in the book. My commitment was to read the entire journal when it was complete – sometimes this journey was easy, sometimes difficult, but never boring.
My thousands of pages of hand-written journals lovingly rest in a file-box beneath my desk.
I have transitioned from only pen-and-paper to both pen and computer. Sometimes this has been difficult as there is something quite inspiring about the feel of a good piece of paper beneath your hand and the smell of the pen’s ink, but it seems to be suiting my purposes.
I’ve always known there was a book, or two, or three even, inside me. Last summer I started writing my own personal journey, Chairlift Conversations, a series of short pieces about life’s lessons. It’s still waiting for me to finish.
Now I’m working on launching a couple of books within a short period, KIRSTO’s Uncorporate Step-By-Step Marketing Guides: the first for Events and the second for Small Business. I am putting 35 years of solopreneur, mini- and small-business marketing experience into a systematic process to help others understand how to market their event or small business.
It’s a fascinating process, to have a business-oriented reason to write each day, but how do I find myself each morning after I turn on the computer? Back to the journal, back to my roots, I warm up for my business writing how? By writing.
Writers write, right?
Wise words of advice from Chris Brogan.
Don’t get caught up in the process, just write.
Do what you love and keep doing it, write?