As a freelance writer, editor and creativity coach, I often hear from clients that it’s hard to get started writing. Yes! It’s a real thing. You’re not alone.
Like a car that’s been covered up with a tarp in the garage, the writing muse takes some gentle, patient handling to get her engine humming. She needs some romancing, friends!
My new favorite writing warm-up is poetry.
I forgot how much I love to write free verse. Seriously, when was the last time that you riffed and just wrote words on a page to express yourself? No punctuation or grammar worries. No concerns about whether you’re making sense.
Just thought and feeling to paper.
For fun, I’m going to write a little live poetry here in this blog post.
I’ll start with what’s rattling around in my consciousness…sweetness I just saw on Facebook. One post of a high school friend with his son. They are wearing matching newsboy style caps and huge smiles. The other is a video of a friend’s son. He is wishing his mom Happy Birthday while sporting an upside down, baby blue mustache. Seeing these posts has my familial heart strings humming.
Hand to hand like magnets
That impossibly soft little hand
Heart in a smile, pure love
Eyes seeing a sweet and simple world
“Bad news” is time for bed or stop playing and wash your hands
If I could save time in a bottle, Jim Croce sang
Why didn’t I know that he was singing about you?
Next time you’re stopped or stuck, consider writing a little poetry to get you grooving. You may find it very liberating.