Nothing great can happen in life without imagination and intention. Yogis know this. We set an intention for the hour or so that we clear our minds and move our bodies. Do writers do the same thing? Do you?
I’m just returning from a wonderfully overwhelming trip to Los Angeles that ended with the AWP conference. It was an incredible opportunity to see some of my favorite teachers, writers, poets and friends. Yoga was offered each morning by Melissa Carroll, a writer, yoga teacher and author of the anthology, Going Om. Just by showing up to class, all the writers in the room had set an intention to remain calm, healthy, open, and strong in the middle of sharing space with 10,000 other writers.
You can set an intention for anything you do. Before leaving New York, I set an intention and dreamed it into being.
So the truth is that writers do write and meditate on their intentions. Take this page from Octavia Butler’s notebook. (https://www.facebook.com/OctaviaButlerAuthor) She dreamed of being a best selling writer and she was.
This week’s prompt: Set an intention for your writing practice. Set an intention for any creative thing you do and write about it. Ask more questions as you work: Who do you dedicate this practice to? Why are you practicing? What do you wish to cultivate on or off the page?
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