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Writing 101, Unlock the Mind

Signing up for a month long, daily writing challenge seemed like a good idea at the time, now I just think I’m crazy to add one more thing to my to-do list.  The initial thinking, was to get me back into the habit of writing regularly, improve my writing and learn new skills.  Well, today is day one and our writing prompt is to write for 20 minutes, stream of consciousness style, on anything we want.  First thing that pops in my head was, “I can’t do that and post it to my blog, it won’t be any good!”

Yes, perfectionism, rears its ugly head. I’ve learned the only way to get rid of a habit, is to walk through it and learn from it.  So… I will post this and continue on this challenge.

A saying comes to mind “better done, than perfect,” and a mantra I once held was “everything is working out perfectly!”

In painting workshops, I always encourage people by saying:   there are “no mistakes” in art.  It is all perception, held by the viewer or here, the reader.  Of course, we can always learn new skills, hone our craft and become a better artist, it’s all about growth and taking the risk, putting your work out there, yourself out there.

What if I truly believed that there are no mistakes?  Would that free up my mind to flow creatively, coming up with great ideas, visions and stories that might have been blocked in the land of mistakes, or not good enough, forever lost.  This will be my personal challenge, what if…

Final inner thoughts… do I hit post?  Maybe I’ll post it later after I edit it.  I don’t even have a picture!  Better done, than perfect, here we go…

8 comments on “Writing 101, Unlock the Mind

  1. jcmersiowsky
    April 6, 2015

    One of my favorite cooking thoughts is that there are no mistakes in cooking, only new recipes.
    I try to add that outlook to everything I do. Sometimes I am successful, sometimes I am not.
    Good luck!

  2. M
    April 6, 2015

    Great work. Especially the bit about how there are no mistakes, it’s only perception. I like that a lot – maybe I’ll remember that to remind myself when I get into negative places with my writing.
    I said the same thing too about adding another thing to my to do list but it will be SO worth it. I’m excited to see more of your posts =)

  3. Priceless Joy
    April 6, 2015

    It is hard sometimes to push that “publish” button but after awhile I noticed it got easier and easier. One time I published something very personal and after that, it was easier for me to publish posts. (After a few days I deleted the personal post, but it was good practice for me).

  4. Russell J. Fellows
    April 6, 2015

    Your inner voices and thoughts sound awfully familiar…wonder where I heard them before?

  5. clavin68
    April 6, 2015

    similar feeling here…. your writing style feels like a conversation is taking place. Like it 🙂

  6. eetharp7283
    April 6, 2015

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! I guess for this course I just have to just tell that little voice to shut up! I loved your post and will be subscribing!

  7. More Than A Dash Of Salt
    April 6, 2015

    I loved this post. Perfectionism rears it’s ugly head many times. I have no idea if you edited this or not but it doesn’t need further editing. Your train of thought here was beautiful – I can tell you would be a great teacher.

  8. moreatforty
    April 7, 2015

    Obviously, your post sounds familiar to a lot of us out here. I not only signed up, but started a whole new blog for it. I just felt like a fresh space was needed for something so bold. 🙂 I am glad to meet so many like minded and supportive people through this activity though. You speak to many of us with this one!

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