I've spent significant amounts of time in all those "Flow-encouraging Places" (except for Village Books in Bellingham, Washington - that's a new find) and when I've been in those places I've been able to turn down the volume of my mind and get better at just being. And when my mind is quieter my writing is better. I've spent too much time forcing projects along because I'd somehow decided they were something I should do. Luckily I've had friends around to tip me off that my eyes light up when I talk about that other project I've put on hold. "Just follow your energy" someone in a writing group once said.
Even better, my main crit partner gave me a bamboo plant to remind me of a book that she can tell I'm the most excited about but keep thinking I should do later.
All this is to say that I'm glad I put "Flow-encouraging Places" on the blog because now I go to some of those pictures and chill out and then start writing. So far so good.
What do others do to get settled before writing? If "getting settled" isn't a priority, then what gets you going?
Here's a photo from last week's walk in nature
Monday Meeting: Goals for the week of 2/8/10:
- Send 1st 50 pages to 2 new readers
- Revise 1st chapter and send to writing partner
- Trim the bamboo plant
- Meditate at beginning of day just before starting to write
- Two walks in nature