Do you remember playing dress up when you were little? I remember loving it, putting on all of those grown-up clothes and pretending I was a princess from a far away land. I would pretend I was a doctor that saved the world from some horrible disease, or an adventurer exploring imaginary caves and forests. It is time to play dress up and explore the imaginary world of creative possibilities for your writing and create a personal writing retreat for yourself.
What you will need:
· Time – from two hours to a whole day. Longer is better but don’t avoid doing this creative activity because you think you don’t have enough time.
· Fun, adventurous, playful, and/or pretty clothes. Let your imagination run wild. (If you don’t have anything around the house, go to a second hand/thrift store and buy only items that you would never wear in real life or clothes you wish you were brave enough to wear. Make sure you have at least several outfits
· Music – choose all different kinds of music including some of your favorites. Make sure you have at least eight hours worth and slow as well as fast. Don’t worry you won’t be dancing the whole eight hours but it is better to have too much music than not enough. Be creative with your choices and remember to choose at least one empowering song. Try not to spend too much time choosing music. Don’t let this be an excuse for not doing this activity, if you have to just turn on your favorite radio or internet station and use that.
· Writing materials – Can be anything from your computer to crayons and anything in between. You may want to have different mediums on hand such as pens, pencils and markers with blank and lined paper.
· Prepared and easy foods to snack during breaks. Make them delicious and comfort food. When I did something like this, I had cheese, good bread, apples, soup, juice, water, and tea. Of course I had dark chocolate; it is my favorite indulgence.
You have gathered all of your fun tools and are ready to begin. Put on some fun music, dress up in your fun clothes and dance around to at least one song if not three. Don’t overdo it; if you feel winded or pain stop. While you are dancing, allow your troubles and worries to fly away, shake them out of your body. Think about what you want to accomplish with your writing; continue a project you have already started or starting a new one, writing for yourself, your blog, an article, a short story or that great American novel you have been aching to finish.
Be as playful as you can; allowing the little girl/boy in you to come out and play.
Now put on music that you can write to and sit, or stand as I am doing now with my laptop on the kitchen island, and write a list of post/article titles, chapter titles, or any creative writing list you want to write about. As you are writing, when a song comes on that you want to move to, go dance around and be silly, or if you are standing, bebop around while you are writing.
If you feel stuck or have anxiety pop up stop writing and go dance. Crank the music (if you don’t know what to dance to I love James Asher’s which you can find below) and let it vibrate through your body. At any time while you are dancing connect to your higher self; ask for clear communication to flow through to your writing. Feel the love of God/the Universe/Divine Spirit/Your Higher Self, then get back to writing. Try not to stop writing, except to dance, for at least two hours if not four and then take a break.
Remember you can change into another of your fun dress up clothes at any time during the day.
Set up an eating area that would make the little girl/boy in you happy; a blanket in the middle of the living room floor, out on the deck, or in the middle of your yard. Maybe you are dressed in a ball gown (or pirate costume) and want to set your table with your best dishes and light some candles. Let your heart guide you. Say a little prayer of gratitude for this day and this food. Eat slowly, enjoying every bite.
When you are done eating, clean up, put on slow music to lightly sway to, thinking about where you want your writing to go and then take one of the titles you created before and begin writing. not letting yourself stop for at least two hours if not four; only stopping to dance, dress up, bathroom breaks, snacks, and then right back to writing.
If you can’t come up with many or any titles and would like some help, I have a list of creative ideas to get you started.
Remember to dance when stuck or when a song comes on that you want to move to then right back to writing. Experiment with writing to sad music, fast music, slow music, happy music, inspiring music; be as creative with it as you want.
Fun music that I like to dance to.
Let us know if you try this fun creative activity (or if you have created your own personal writing retreat) and if you write about it on your blog, come back and share your link in the comments below.