Spirit craves beauty.
First, then, is to create order and beauty around the writing space.
I write from a studio tucked away on the viewless side of the house. I don’t see the mountains from my windows, or the storms rolling in across the valley. I do see chickens at practically eye level as they scratch in the mulch outside my screen.
The dog comes by my window when he wants in. Bending down to peer at me, he requests that I pause in the midst of inspiration, and rise, and let him in.
My beauty is chickens, and the beloved ears of my king shepherd, and the trails of pothos down the bookshelf. My beauty is the found things, antlers and deer skulls that watch over me like muses.
What is your beauty? Fill your space with your beauty, not mine. Create a place that fills you, and that will be a place where you can write.
To any who tell you that you procrastinate, tell them that clean floors and flowers are not negotiable. Chickens and photographs and loved art are not negotiable.
Bring your spirit home.
–Excerpted from Tapping the Well Within: Writing From Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy, coming in March from Balboa Press.