My favorite teacher of “writing practice” is Natalie Goldberg who sets out some great rules in her books. The basic idea is to take your intention and set a timer as you follow the prompt. Get pen in hand and write. Without stopping. Keep the hand moving. Take the permission to write the worst crap in the world. Don’t edit. No need to cross out, or reread if you’ve got that permission to just be a bad writer. Let go of control, go for the jugular, get illogical, messy and real with your words.
The purpose of writing practice isn’t to draft up the Pulitzer winning creation. It’s about letting go of expectations and judgement. Embracing the thoughts, feelings, words, ramblings, groans and guts that come up. Practice is detached from the outcome, engaged with the moment. Consider the rules a bit of structure allowing for the free fall. Who needs the net when there is the practice?
Writing Prompt: I am letting go of…
Follow the rules for writing practice and write for 10 minutes. If you feel stuckness, write the prompt down again, and keep the pen moving.