Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I do not like to write - I like to have written. ~Gloria Steinem

i have been wanting to post about this book 4-eva.
it is a game changer.
it will literally change your life.
or maybe it won't, what do i know?
but it has, no is (i'm a work in progress) changing mine.

if you have a creative bone in your body, this book is for you.
it is so inspiring. it is so informative.
it describes exactly things about myself that i had never articulated, and then helps you to overcome those things.

one of the "exercises" that the author has you start doing from the beginning are 'morning pages'.
which are basically three written (not typed) pages, done by you, every morning. you can't stop writing to think, so they are just stream of consciousness. they literally empty your brain.
and some funny stuff comes out.
i have one full notebook of morning pages, and i was laughing so hard reading back through some of them.
here's a couple examples (all from different days):

*tyler is being good so far while i'm writing these because i told him i'd buy him a bug with some of my book money. i just read that last sentence out loud to him while i was writing it, and he corrected me by saying a "bad ass" bug. oh boy.

*last night he was talking about his ex-girlfriends and his life (which i can never get him to do).... after ty described charecteristics of kate and breanne, i asked what i was like. his response: huge, huge, knockers.... huge knockers, and a blocked fallopian tube.

*uh oh, tyler has now started doing crazy annoying crap. he is the worst. he is pushing my buttons and making me yell at him. next stop, getting out of my chair and storming across the room to strangle him. SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP. YES YES YES YES YES. sorry, that was the only way i could keep writing while tyler was driving me crazy. the yes's were because he asked me if i liked this pen better than him.

oh, good times. it honestly surprises me all the time how funny tyler is. he's sneaky about it.
but it's definitly not a good idea to try and do my pages while he is around. haha.
it does make for entertaining writing though.
i'm so glad i have this stuff written down, because i had totally forgotten it.
it's kinda like a journal, but way better, because you don't edit out all the good stuff.

I'm going to close with a select few of the basic principles that the author teaches in the book.

1. when we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives.

2. we are, ourselves, creations. and we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.

3. creativity is god's gift to us. using our creativity is our gift back to god.

4. the refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.

5. our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. as we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.

inspired yet???
okay, then here is one more quote.....

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn't we? ~Terri Guillemets

okay, i really have to go now, because the dvd menu for the wedding singer is playing on a loop downstairs and it's driving me crazy.
also, i need to go start dinner.
we're having meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, biscuits, and an apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
and yes, it's from scratch.
 i sure wish i had some of my family and friends over to enjoy it with.


heather said...

i will definitely have to check this one out. i am busy working on being fascinating right now. After that I will become a creative wonder. can't wait to read this book that i hear so much about. wish you would share.

julieb said...

I still need to get this.
and tyler i soooo funny!
Im real excited to live closer to you guys!
love you

kelly said...

uhhh. i have small knockers and a blocked fallopian tube.