I've scribbled the alphabet for meaning since I can remember.
"How do I start?"
I cock my head to the side, "Start what, sweetie?" I ask a friend.
"When you have a big idea, like you guys did for Writing + Ritual, how do you know when it is time to start?"
"When you start asking questions like that," I answer honestly.
Within twenty-four hours, another friend texted me about a gorgeous idea she wants to bring into the world..."But where do I start?"
Hmm, I thought. Itʻs the hurdle we all have to jump, walk, crawl under or over whether we are writing a book or opening a landscaping business - it doesnʻt matter how we get there as long as we keep going.
I then remembered, Start Now, Love.
What is that, you ask?
Itʻs a tiny book that has been sitting in my notebook waiting for the right time to undergo necessary polishing to be shared with the world; waiting for the right time, which is apparently: Now.
Hereʻs an excerpt:
"This is a process. You will fail. You will succeed and you will continue to do both because you are a human living a life."
When you make space for the creative, She appears. And in the midst of listening to others, I am nudged by my own need to move with the wind of Inspiration, if for no other reason than the wind has moved, and I felt her. A little creative giddiness or trepidation, is enough of a reason to do what brings joy.
So how do you start?
You take one step.
No matter how small.
How irrelevant, impractical, or [insert personal dismissive adjective] you take one step, today.
Thanks for reading, it.
Iʻll be writing about the time I bombed in front of Cheryl Strayed and a good year and a half later it was the best thing that could have happened.
Writing + Ritual is a co-creative space hosted by myself and international chant artist Mira Newman, we weave the mystical call of creation through mantra chanting, writing prompts, and simple writing tools into a powerful and transformational awakening of the heart. Next one is May 4rth in the Philadelphia area, inquire if you want to join us. firstname.lastname@example.org
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