Recently, a friend sincerely expressed how she wanted to write. However, she didn’t want to write about what isn’t working in her life. She was fearful of creating “more of the same” by putting it on the page. I suggested that she give herself permission to have the rant in order to get to the good stuff.
Anyone, including me, can give themselves “reasons not to write today.” A good way to address this is to take a reason not to write and write about it. For example, I don’t want to write today…because I don’t want to put on the page how upset I am about my daughter’s choice of boyfriend. I feel fierce and want to steal her out of this relationship and magically make her life better…
Giving yourself permission to feel and say what you feel in the moment is important to your writing process. You could write your rant on a piece of scrap paper which you later toss rather than including it in your journal. Give your rant a time limit, five or ten minutes. Then, shake it off.
Once you’ve done your rant, what does your passion want you to write? Can you return to the book, the poem, the prose or the painting and immerse yourself in what you’re here to do?
Yes, you can!
If something is “up” for you, write a rant giving yourself about ten minutes to express it. How did that work for you?
Or, do you have another ingenious way to creatively handle what is distressing you and then to get on with the writing you deeply desire to do?