I love breakfast. If I could eat only one meal for the remainder of this life, it would be breakfast. Turkey bacon, over easy-eggs, sourdough french toast, banana foster pancakes, Belgian waffles with whipped cream and strawberries, and coffee of course. The list is endless.
This is my delicious breakfast on this fine Saturday morn. I know it's 11:00 AM. Don't judge me. I have found that Fresh & Easy's Vanilla flavored yogurt is divine. Mix that in with some fresh produce and your choice of granola and you're golden. If you have a giraffe bowl, that's a must. For some reason mine tastes better in my giraffe bowl than in the regular white ones. I think its in my head.
Today I am reading chapter 2 of The Right to Write.
It is titled "Let Yourself Write". Without giving too much away, Cameron uses this chapter as a psychological exercise to debunk the mental road blocks that come between us and writing. Judgement, pressure, presuppositions of the writing life. She tears down everything thing we think we should be prior to beginning our writing adventure. Let me give you an example. I thought, let me finish school, we'll save enough money to let me stay home, and I'll write for a whole year, and maybe get pregnant in time to have the baby after the book is finished.
Well, according to Cameron, that is probably not going to go as I wishfully planned. Life happens ya know. She suggests just doing it. Making small amounts of time in your day to sit down and write, sentences, paragraphs, notes, emails, just to get yourself in the habit of writing.
"There is something too casual [we think], too effortless, to normal about this kind of writer's life. It too closely resembles everyone else's life--just with some writing sandwiched in. Why, if this is how a writer lives, lots of us could do it. If the suffereing is actually optional, if writing needn't be an antisocial activity...What if there were no such thing as a writer? What if everyone simply wrote?" -Julia CameronSo be encouraged. You can write. I can write. You do not even have to figure out what you want to write about. Brainstorming is good, but "blahing" on a page is also good. Let the words guide themselves.
Ok, now I really have to get ready. This is just getting ridiculous.
Initiation Tool for Chapter Two:
"Go to a cafe with writing paper. Buy yourself a cup of coffee, tea, soda, or mineral water. Write out the following exercise. Step One: What are your hidden associations with the term 'writer'? Fill in the following as rapidly as possible:
Writers are_________________________? [x5]
Step Two: Now convert those to positives."