With the Word of the Day I wrote 43,000 words. Without it.. zero!
Steve Elville, Writer
Marilyn’s Webinar on Resolutions
When we start a new year, there is always a question about how we will make it a good year by writing well-thought-out plans to resolve some problems, such as weight loss or exercise. We call these New Year Resolutions.In the WOD event last night, Marilyn put us in the direction of creating a resolution to recognize and admit that there is something you don’t like about yourself and that you don’t want to do it anymore. She then gave us some tools for fostering self-trust.One of the tools was a mirror. Not to check your hair or your makeup but to see yourself and to realize you are not alone; you are in the mirror, and that is a person who is always there for you. Look in the mirror and say, “Hello, pal,” and realize you are never alone.My WOD was “boundaries.” My New Year’s Eve took a turn for the worse. A relative came to visit my home for two weeks. I did not set boundaries with this person for a healthy personal space. I smiled and thought I would get through it, but my body did not listen and put me in the ER on New Year’s Eve with a crisis blood pressure event. I have hypertension, and I have been on medication for years, but the stress triggered by this person almost caused a stroke.What I don’t like about myself is that I don’t put myself first and allow myself to be taken advantage of. Now, I resolve to look in the mirror and say, “I am here for you, and this will never happen again!”Thank you, Marilyn. Happy New Year!B.C., Writer
Wanted to share something I feel Word of the Day students should be aware of. When I first started working with Marilyn around August 8, about 2 1/2 months ago, I did the word of the day exercise each day religiously for the first six weeks. During that time I wrote approximately 37,000 words. Then after that for some reason I stopped doing the word of the day and my production slowed to only 5,000 words over the next four weeks. I am now back to my daily practice of the word of the day and my writing is picking up again.
– Emily Linke
Marilyn is the master of stories. She creates them, teaches them, and controls them. She is able to control her own story to reflect how she sees herself. She uses stories to mirror herself onto reality. She understands that stories come from our subconscious and uses that knowledge to empower herself and others. Talking with Marilyn reminded me of my old self—the playful, creative, and insightful
version that remained untainted by the increasing mechanization of the world. It was a self unbound by conventional thinking. The Word of the Day served as a gateway to a hidden map residing within me—a map guiding me towards the life I genuinely desire and showing the path to reach it. I firmly believe that our authentic desires and needs are often masked by often lie the weight of societal expectations. However, the WOTD provides a sanctuary where we can unearth these buried longings without fear of judgment. It establishes a profound connection between our conscious and subconscious, empowering us to transform our lives.
“…grateful to learn from Marilyn”
The Word of the Day
Marilyn’s techniques helped me stop overthinking and start writing! She gave me exercises to take the pressure off beginning a new piece of work and opened me up to finding and following through on ideas. Thanks! ~Lauren D
You are always a light. Thank you.
– Larry Lowry
“Working with Marilyn Horowitz has challenged every aspect of my creative process from conception to preparation, and most importantly, execution. By doing so, she has demolished barriers, limits, and shortcomings I didn’t even know I had. In the one year of tutelage, under Marilyn, I have grown from not understanding how to approach writing a script, to crushing an entirely original first draft in just over two weeks. The most important thing I’ve done for my creative life is using the Horowitz System, and thanks to Marilyn, it’s been an absolute joy.”