Today is my first day back in my home office after a week away. I was leading writing workshops and, even though the week was a success, *long exhale of happiness* I am incredibly grateful to be back where I belong.
It was a jam-packed week of work; I led 5 full-day workshops with 15 talented year 9 writers and their English teachers and the feedback was positive and reassuring. The downside, however, was that being away from the home, and feeling stuck inside an uninspiring hotel room on my own (namely without my dog and in-house shadow, Austin), led to the rearing of anxiety’s ugly head. It was much worse than it’s been in a long time and its arrival shocked me, which I think doubled its impact.
There is definitely a blog post brewing in my mind about the experience, and one I will endeavour to share with you soon, but for today, I am smiling and grateful to be back to more local work, writing my novel and writing to you.
Coincidentally, today is also National Writing Day. This years’ tagline is ‘Everyone has a story to tell’ and one that I wholeheartedly agree with. I love a good story and we’ve all got them, even if we don’t know it.
To join in with National Writing Day, all you need to do is write and I can guarantee you that, even if you’re feeling good like I am today, you will feel even better after taking part. It’s a call-to-action set by the NWD team called ‘Write away!’ and it goes like this;
‘This free-writing task invites anyone to compose a short piece inspired by the line “I feel most free when…”. All you need is seven minutes and something to write your ideas on!’ – taken from the official website, www.nationalwritingday.org.uk
So, if you feel inspired to join in, let’s do it together. I am going to upload this post in a few moments and then set the timer on my phone for 7 minutes. I’ll open a notebook, write ‘I feel most free when…’ at the top of my page and then write until the timer goes off. The best part about a free writing task like this is that you are not allowed to stop, so no matter what nonsense comes out, it can never be wrong! This is my favourite kind of journaling activity and a giant middle finger to my anxiety.
So let’s go. Let’s just write for the sake of it and let’s not let the critical voice of anxiety tell us it’s shit, because we already know it is. In fact, we want it to be! Its a first draft after all.
Happy writing 🙂
P.s. I know some of my readers may not have written creatively since school days and that’s okay – this task is for everyone, no matter what your experience. Have a go and let me know how you get on.