I have a recipe for breaking through barriers to writing.
When you believe you are blocked in your writing, when you think you have nothing to write about, show up wherever you are, look at your surroundings and write what you see.
Write what you hear.
Write what you smell, touch, taste.
Write the associations with what you see, hear, smell, touch, taste.
Write about the memories associated with the same.
Today I sat in Hart Park and mid-live broadcast when someone asked, “What inspires you to write?” I spoke aloud a riff of all the inspiration write in front of me.
It went something like this:
I may write about the trees here, that tree, the cottonwood I used as a chair a moment ago, I could write about all the seed pods hanging from that tree or I could write about all the types of trees. I could write about this picnic table here. I could write about memories from being at picnics. I could write about the sadness I feel when I see an empty table – empty of all the people I loved who I once sat with at picnic tables. I may write about that water fountain, see it there? It was at that water fountain in November, 2015 – I came here one day and it wouldn’t shut off. I took a photo and I captioned it ‘Show up. Look up. Translate” – and you know, I’ve been reminded of that and called to continue showing up, looking up, and translating ever since.
I know, this isn’t a recipe for something you may cook but I’ll share a quick one with you I shared with my daughter today.
For the most simple quesadillas ever, take two tortillas. On the inside, put whatever your heart desires. The simplest is naturally, just cheese. Microwave for sixty seconds. You’re done! Play with it, experiment! Quick, easy and tasty meal.
To my eighteen-year-old daughter, this was brilliant.
My writing recipe, for the folks on this morning’s scope, was brilliant.
I’ll settle with “it works for me.”
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Julie Jordan Scott inspires people to experience artistic rebirth via her programs, playshops, books, performances and simply being herself out in the world. She is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy-extraordinaire and mixed-media artist whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people's creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming in early Summer and beyond.
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