Prompting Yourself To Write 39
Write about your fears. This subject can shake up your life and make you aware of areas in which you need improvement. It can be a revelation if you bury your fear deeply.
My new friend, Jo Ann, is on a creative mission. It is something she calls the "365 Creativity Project" and this means she writes a blog post a day.
Not just any ordinary blog entry, mind you, but thoughtful, engaging, essays poetry and shared nature photos, ending in encouragement to the reader to engage their own creativity and write from a prompt themselves.
The prompt above was from Day 164.
Her post goes from essay to poetry, to nature photos, a photo of her adorable Dog, and things she is grateful for.
Read it here.
What follows is my take on her writing prompt...
I deserve a creative life! I have rich creative talents, even some I may not have yet tapped! I am competent and confident in my creative work! I am a creative and prolific poet, writer of stories, opinion and humor.
And yet, I'm afraid. I'm worried about my future. Do I have the resources to safely make the move I want to make? Will I be able to get and keep a job again, at my age? Will I be able to turn my writing and blogging into something more? When I think of these fears I try to come up with affirmative rebuttals.
The future will take care of itself. My job is to work on my present and become the best I can be. Fear holds one back and I refuse to let it do so to me!
I spent a yeat recovering from a broken ankle and even now must do daily exercises to strengthen it and improve its range of movement.
I feared it not healing, yet it has healed remarkably well and I will learn to live my life to the fullest with what limitations may remain. I can bike ride, I can walk almost normal and I can jog, if I want. Life is good. :-D
God willing, and America doesn't go to hell in a handbasket by next election, I will soon have resumed a working career!
I've done so much, personally and creatively, the last 14 years, yet I can't help but think there is so much more I could have done if I hadn't been so afraid of change, so concerned about time, cost, resources, knowledge and skills and what those who didn't understand me thought. I could have done something new and different more times than I have.
I've never been afraid to write, just possibly afraid of taking steps to share my writing and creativity with an audience beyond the tiny ones of my blogs, my youtube and the crowd at the local Open Mic at The Ugly Mug, audiences to be found by doing more of what I've been doing, and finding ways to bring it to new audiences, in even new and different venues. By continuing to write and blog and learn I can find new, creative, ways to be a researcher, photographer, youtube filmmaker, journalist, teacher/encourager and even a tour guide of sorts.