On Wednesday, I gave my first Webinar of 2021.
I shared a process that allows writers to use their writing for the specific purpose of improving your personal life as well as your writing career.
As Marianne Williamson wrote,
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”
We’ve all been knocked around by life, reframing our experiences as opportunities that have helped us grow and share these insights through our writing our most important work, especially in these confusing times. This process I’m sharing will lift you and put you in the center of your self-esteem, which is where each of us belongs. Sharing becomes easy when you’re confident in the value of your words.
Including Audrey, over twenty writers attended the class. Most took my two-week writing challenge: Between now and the upcoming Webinar on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 follow the personal script writing routine exactly as described. All you’ll need is two notebooks, one for scripting, and your regular journal if you keep one. If you don’t, keep some kind of journal, please start. Once your creative mind realizes there’s a place to write down ideas, it will send you more.
In my next webinar, we’ll review the results of this two-week practice. In addition to a review, there’s a further technique that can help you further achieve your goals that I’ll share. If you were not at the webinar and would like a copy, please let me know.
Here are the instructions:
1. As a quick warm-up, think of a word you love, write it down, and write all of the things that the word reminds you of.
Lisa S., one of our writers recounted how when she selected the word, “Heart,” writing about it brought her to associations about art and how much she loves it. I asked her for a visual image. The sculpture of love by Robert Indiana came to our collective minds.
This first exercise can open up your day’s writing in magical ways! Now you’re ready to take on the scripting process. Here are the instructions:
2. On a fresh page, labeled “Wants” and dated, write down at least seven things you want. This can include a cup of coffee, a new job, winning the lottery, or a walk in the park. Write fast.
3. Next, take a fresh page and label it “Beliefs,” then write down at least three beliefs such as “I believe I can get to the gym today,” or “I believe that I will do a good job at work today.” This can take a minute or more.
4. Next, take a fresh page and label it, “My Daily Script.” Set a timer for five minutes, and write about your day as if it has already happened – just the way you’d like it. Be careful NOT to be practical. Only think of what you wanted, not how you got it. For example, I might write: “Today was a great day! I worked on my new book for an hour and got fifteen pages done.”
5. Before you go to sleep. The final step is to write a brief reprise of how the day actually went and include things you wanted to happen.
What you’ll start to notice if you take this on is that in a short time, your imaginary script and the reprise of the day begin to become increasingly similar!
The caveat is that you must be careful to describe and define what you write in positive terms as if the events have already happened.
Try It! I’ve personally had amazing results. Some of the goals I have achieved as a result of this daily scripting are: Suddenly receiving double income from an investment, thinking up a really exciting concept for the novel I’m revising, having my boyfriend easily find parking spots in Manhattan, and a feeling of expanded optimism that I can make what I want in my life happen! Give it a try
Laughter is an excellent creative lubricant, so please also enjoy the latest episode of Jokeonastick.
Here’s to your successful writing,
Professor Marilyn Horowitz