365 Days of Courage #57: You know things about yourself that you don't know that you know.
This morning I listened to an Accidental Creative podcast about creating a daily writing practice.
At one point in the podcast, Todd Henry said: "I believe that you know things about yourself that you don't know that you know. Because you know them on a gut level. You know them beneath the surface. And this is what a daily writing practice will do for you. It brings to the surface some of those things that you know about yourself that you don't know that you know because you've never really given yourself a chance to articulate them. But once you begin writing, you begin looking for patterns, you begin seeing things, you begin saying things, writing things that surprise you. ... You are going to surprise yourself with what you know, with the patterns that you see. But, in order to get there, you have to have a practice, a discipline, of getting those ideas out into the world."
I could not agree more. I have noticed this happening to me as I've written almost daily since January 1st. I start to notice patterns. I start to unearth thoughts and feelings that I didn't know were there or which I had forgotten were there.
I have created a program that I work through with clients called Your Next Chapter Map. Developing a daily writing practice - whether that is morning pages as described in The Artists Way, or a daily journal or even opening up a Google doc every day - is part of that process.
When we are trying to decide what to do with this next chapter of our lives, too often we think that we are going to hear James Earl Jones' voice declaring our true purpose and then off we will go. Which never happens so we remain stuck. I don't think that it happens that way. I believe that it is an unearthing, a digging, an unraveling, a reminding ourselves of who we were before the world got its hands on us.
Do you have a daily writing practice? What form does it take?
Resources to support you as you develop your daily writing practice
In the podcast, Todd Henry recommends the following tools he uses in his own daily writing practice:
Day One Journal app for Mac and Ipads - https://dayoneapp.com/
Scrivener - https://www.literatureandlatte.com/
Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks - https://www.leuchtturm1917.us/notebooks/
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron - https://juliacameronlive.com/books-by-julia/the-artists-way-a-spiritual-path-to-higher-creativity/