Creative resilience and the holiday season

A few weeks till Winter solstice, and we are in the thick of it. I don't know about you, but I often find myself needing to call on grit and resolve to stay motivated to do the day-to-day work this time of year.

There are so may distractions and to-do lists + holiday lights and music + over-available holiday treats have many of us rushing around in a crazed sugary haze. Now is the time of year that I often find myself writing less, and for that reason, this year - the end of 2019 - I am going to sit down to write even more. All I can do is sit in the chair. Pay attention. Write one word. Then another ...


This works. Other little nudges work, too. Chris and I put together this guide for 2020, full of easy, quick nudges and meditations that you can take or leave. I've been using it, and it is actually helping me to remember the availability of creative resolve on days that it sometimes seems less obvious. Check it out, and if you'd like a PDF copy, just sign into the site and let me know.


If you need some reading in your life, this 9-minute investment at Little Fictions -> SALT <- is a prequel to Resolutions. It is not in the book, but it does set the stage.


Meditation:


If you need some compassion, this 10-minute meditation -> Cultivate Compassion <- is about opening and allowing ourselves to find compassion even when we're feeling a bit sorry for ourselves. (Ahem, not that I've ever done that.)


Writing prompt:


Write a story or poem that takes the POV of someone you dislike, but don't identify them as such. What is a day in the life like for this person? What brings them joy, pain?

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