In school and ever after, I’ve been a note taker. It seems that is my way to take in information and let it settle. By writing it down, it becomes, somehow, my own.
Self-observation enables you to bring validity to what you write about. You are the supreme noticer of your own life.
Several years ago, a friend wanted to improve her writing. She took classes with me for one year. In preparing the weekly lesson for her, I became a greater witness to my own daily experience. With this self-witnessing, I could effectively guide her into her own process.
Trust in the Morning
Crafting a writing lesson for my student
on What do poets write about
Up with the dawn and early morning thunder
which in my half-sleep state
I thought were train cars colliding
the train whistle blasting news
of the disaster
–cars derailing, toppling domino-style–
and it was too early for me to get up
Reaching over to tap on my lamp
I saw the electricity was out
wandered to the back room
drawing the blinds, a flutter of light
over the horizon
followed by its companion thunder
I stood outside in the middle of the
deck as robust raindrops fell softly–
I brought in wood for the fire
though it wasn’t cold
placed the kettle on the woodstove
ate a banana
logged the calories in my diet record
rekindled the fire–it took me two tries to get it going
I went back to bed with books, pen and paper
to plan her lesson
Choose a part of your day and chronicle it. Write for twenty to thirty minutes. Write in any form that is comfortable for you–poetry, prose, essay, listing, whatever flows.
Read what you wrote aloud.
Have a lovely day whatever you do today.