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Just Enough

January 18, 2014 | 11 Comments

I’ve heard from a few folks who recently gifted themselves with the tools and time for creative practice! I think this is awesome! Some are beginning to write daily. Some are doodling their hearts out. I love my creative tribe!

My creative practice of choice these days is writing. Some days I feel I could write for eight solid hours, but the longest I’ve written in a single stretch was three hours. That three hour stint was a vulnerable piece on shame I posted earlier this week. I did a lot of typing, rearranging, and deleting to get those words out.

When I first began writing, I wrote for only fifteen minutes, five times a week. There were days I wanted to write more, but I didn’t allow myself unstructured, unlimited time for writing. I felt it was important to do just enough writing to establish a maintainable habit. I was afraid of tapping myself out if I left it unchecked. This is one reason I like the ritual of coffee and writing. A mug of brew will not stay warm for more than fifteen minutes. I slurped and I *scritched, and when the coffee was gone, I put down my pen. These days I continue writing after the cup is dry. I feel a little more relaxed about writing, and trust I won’t burn out, or run out of words.

I tend to swing like a pendulum, making drastic changes in my life that I sometimes can’t keep up with. I care so much about writing that I want to grow the practice slowly, to ensure success. Slow and steady practice seems to be building a nice creative foundation for me, and I’m excited to see what sort of writer I’ll be in the upcoming months and years.


*scritched isn’t a word. I know this because my laptop is underlining it in red. I use “scritch” often, because it’s something my Grandma used to say. I imagine it as the lines a chicken makes in dirt, and I use it to describe the sound and feel of my pink pen on paper.

*January is half over, but the prompts are still available! Respond as inspired! Write, draw, take photos! Share, or don’t! It’s just about creative practice!

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  1. This one made me feel like I was sitting right there with you, sharing your coffee and your thoughts. Love the picture. It makes your writing feel like a comfortable friend, and I think that it is.

    • Angie

      Thank you. Most mornings I use the blue mug you gave me, so it is as if you’re here. And the way you always read and comment here on the blog makes me feel your presence as well. Thank you.

  2. I also use the word scritch. It feels more needly and pointy than scratch.

    I am someone who is very grateful you found yourself a point of writing. It’s guided me toward a practice that has been helping me move through some difficult times. It’s amazing how creativity within us let outward has this way of being a ripple outward around us spreading more creativity.

    And I love your quilt. 🙂

    • Angie

      Well we need to get scritch recognized as a word!

      I’m so glad you’re writing and that it’s helping you through difficult times, Cyn. I’m very grateful to know you. I agree about the ripple effect of creativity. Having a creative tribe is so important. We are all innately creative, but to hook up with like-minded practicers has really helped me continue.

      Thank you! This was Grandma’s lap quilt while she was in the nursing home. I didn’t realize I’d referenced her twice in this post, but there you go!

  3. Oh this is a beautiful post. As one slowly beginning a writing habit I am so glad to have found you. You are an inspiration to me. I love that you share each days prompt here, how genuine & honest you are in your writing and how encouraging you are to all of us. Thank you!

    • Angie

      Thank you for that sweet comment, Jen. I am so proud of your writings, as well, and your beautiful photos. I count myself so lucky to have you in my creative community. XO

  4. “He went back towards the tool-shed, but suddenly, quite close to him, he heard the noise of a hoe–scr-r-ritch, scratch, scratch, scritch. Peter scuttered underneath the bushes.” -Beatrix Potter

    You are among the gifted.

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