After two months of negotiating with my landlord, my apartment is undergoing extensive renovations.
Luckily, as a writer, I’m used to this kind of chaos, but I’m also completing a rewrite for my agent, and two parts of my life with moving parts are more than a little stressful. But good stress is how we grow, and I’m getting lots of new material! For example, one of the workmen, who is Eastern European, is named “Klever,” which means hardworking in his language. I love it! Watch for a character named Clever, Klever, or Klava in my next book!
I’m looking forward to finishing the book and having a much nicer apartment around October 1.
Word of the Day Webinar
I’m excited to begin sharing the techniques again now that Fall has begun. We had an exciting webinar on Wednesday; so amazing that the next one will be this coming Wednesday, September 28!
Unfortunately, Zoom decided not to record our session, so I will have to try to recap it. Here are some of the highlights:
1. When I was at Burning Man, I did a lot of one-on-one healing work. I discovered that if I used a basic Alexander Technique known as the Alexander Stretch and then had students hold onto the back of their neck and relax into their hands while smiling and looking into a mirror, it generated positive feelings. When asked my students to say to themselves aloud:
“I love you. We’ll always be together, and we will always be safe.” It created a moment of pure joy!
What I discovered at Burning Man is that it’s the separation from self that causes major anguish. When people are connected to themselves, they can handle many difficult situations, including writing a book or screenplay. Please try this before writing or any other time you want to feel good!
2. Many of the people I helped at Burning Man had a pre-written script for how they would handle the difficult situation they were facing. For example, if someone was dealing with the death of a parent, they’d already projected out how they would feel for the next year! However, once I was able to reconnect them with self-love, their script became more pliable, and they became available to a different outcome. For writing purposes, this emotional “back timing” seemed very useful because we can use that expectation to write our stories from the end backward!
3. There are many ways to use the Word of the Day clustering process. Christine draws an image of her word, Sandeep draws his words inside the Word of the Day circle, and I make one three-prong cluster of the Word of the Day, Intentions, and Beliefs. Please experiment with the basic cluster, and let me know what you come up with.
Please join us for the next seminar on Wednesday, September 28. This is a transformative technology that will change your writing schedule and your degree of originality in fifteen minutes a day.
Here’s to your successful writing,
Professor Marilyn Horowitz