I’ve been following Write on Wednesday for months now, since I subscribed to more than a few blogs that participate. I finally clicked on the link a week or two ago, and now I’m taking the plunge — this week’s question really resonated with me.
The question: “What’s your writing state of mind these days? How do you access that ‘mysterious faculty’ where insight and imagination are nurtured? How do your instincts about your writing ability help you? What’s your experience of being in ‘the writing zone’?”
I don’t have a writing practice at this point. As much as I don’t like that, or like admitting that, it’s the truth.
Still, I do get that sense, as Becca relates it, “I’ve felt the urge to write quite often during the middle of these hectic days. You know what I mean — ideas popping into your head unbidden, like gifts you can’t wait to open, tickling your brain and leaving your fingers itching to pick up a pencil.” Well, in my case it’s not a pencil, it’s to get to the computer.
This happens at, what seems to me, random times. Last week, it was just before bedtime, when I was picking up a new book and examining it, getting a feel for it, so it wouldn’t be such an unfamiliar book to start reading on the morrow. I wish I could will myself into that place, that mindset, where I long to write.
I like what Andi wrote about in her answer, inextricably binding silence and meditation — or more accurately, solitude — to that writing state. It sounds great.