Today we’re writing about our writing dreams, dreams for our writing life and you can find the details in The Joy of Writing Journal: Spark Your Creativity in 8 Minutes a Day.
In my journal, I discover that none of the five so-called writing dreams I listed actually feels like it’s mine.
Maybe that’s the American Dream. Or the Swedish Dream. Or some Swede’s dream. Hell, I don’t know where the dream came from. I just know it’s not mine.
So I pick raspberries and blueberries for a few days at the height of the season and my mind clears enough to return to this seemingly loaded prompt.
When I finally let go of my borrowed dreams, I can return to explore mine, which starts in bed, recording dreams, journaling, writing freely.
Only then, after journaling, do I imagine starting my dream creation.
I listen to my muse, the maker of alphabet soup, and in this particular imagining, she puts some mighty strange things in the soup—a stone, chum, a finger of ginger, a slender purple carrot, an exquisite Romanesque cauliflower.
My muse places the spoon in my mouth and I taste, not the ginger or the chum, certainly not the stone, but the melding of all ingredients and my entire being feels/knows/says, “Thank you. I needed this.“
I don’t know how my muse has managed to create a delicious, nourishing stew of it all. That’s her magic.
In this dream, when I finish my creative projects. I usher them into the world and trust in them.
Maybe some writing projects were meant to work their magic on me alone. Maybe some will speak to and incite (or inspire) one other person. And maybe some are meant to do more. In my dream, I am happy with any outcome.
I honor the muse. We make the soup.
We taste. We invite you to the meal. We break bread together.
Some days we eat in silence; others we argue heatedly. Some days we read to each other. Some days we look into our bowls of alphabet soup and see what words float around, then scribble them down in our journals.
Being Okay with Whatever We Write
Whew, that’s a quirky journey. But we’re not here to impress each other. We’re here to journey, explore, unearth little (or big) somethings together.
We gather here together:
- To work our creative muscles.
- To develop writing habits.
- To take pleasure in journaling or writing.
- To feel more joy as we honor our creativity and the spirit of play.
Your Turn to Write
No pressure here to be clever. Or write something share-worthy.
Be free and write what comes.
Share a sampling if you feel so moved.
How is it to write your dreams? Do they feel authentic or do you need to release them and find something more true to you?
Note: Spend time on the Week 2 summary page: Note things that happened this past week that you can write about; make note of things that inspired you; schedule your writing times.