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The Writing Process

Today I read a blog from Daphne, a writing coach, saying that writing is like Jazz. She talked about "letting go" instead of being restricted by the classical way of learning or playing music. I am a musician so I know exactly what she is talking about. I learned the piano when I was six-years-old. I have a very structured upbringing that has zapped my creativity out of me. I can still add notes to songs from the church hymnal just as long as I am looking at the actual notes but going off the page completely without memorization? NO, I just can't. I'm afraid those neurons in my brain were pruned off shortly after practicing the scales that Hanon wrote.

But here's the thing, I'm in the process of re-inventing myself. So I have no choice. Sure I get discouraged as I get caught up in my low self-esteem conditioned brain. That means I beat myself up so many more times in a day than I should NOT. But what I'm finding out as I am writing this is that I have freedom and creativity.


I do know how to LET GO!

I liked how she diagramed the process she said, the best process isn’t:

        research ➔ thinking ➔ outlining ➔ writing ➔ editing.

It’s more like:
        research ➔thinking ➔ mindmapping ➔writing ➔ taking a break ➔ editing ➔ more editing ➔ even more editing.
She further says, "you cannot worry about your problems or shortcomings while you are writing a rough draft. This is the time to 'let go' so you can learn what you think about your subject."
I've done 50 days of non-stop journal writing. I have outlined, and mindmapped my novel. I have signed up for NaNoWriMo camps. I look at tumblr, twitter, and Facebook...but there's more obstacles than just my poor pruned off neurons--
I am frustrated as well. I have so many things happening in my life but that is a distraction from writing. Right, life is a distraction from writing. Ugh! ...okay re-focus, I can do this. I can write this blog...oops another feeling is coming up--
I am also scared. I'm scared of people reading what I write. I'm scared of becoming well known. In those 50 days of non-stop journaling I also meditated every single day. Okay, I think I've run out of excuses so...

Now, I AM WRITING. It will be done. I have a story to tell! 


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I was introduced to this song by my daughter's chorus. Thanks, Ms. Trobaugh. Crazy that I've only heard of it now.
My daughter learned about it at age 10. That's cool.
Here are the lyrics--
Blackbird The Beatles Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise. Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free. Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night. Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night. Blackbird singing…
My favorite rendition is Sarah McLachlan's: