If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

The Starting with a Quote Project

June 18, 2013… I begin a new project. Well, not a new project exactly, just some things I’ve been doing put in a more organized fashion.

Here’s how it goes:

Every morning after writing morning pages, (See Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way) I choose a quote by googling key words from the pages, which might be something from a dream, or an overnight idea, or thoughts about upcoming activities, or just unfinished business.

Next I try to take a thirty minute walk before writing a post about how yesterday’s quote unfolded or what I’m discovering about this project.  The walk seems to help.

After that I write the quote several times on a notecard in an attempt to commit it to memory (Remember writing your spelling words five times. Same idea.) and put the notecard in my purse…in case the memory trick didn’t take.

I also write the quote in a little notebook I will come back to later.

Then I go about my day. Do I think about the quote much? Do I dig in my purse to find the notecard to remind myself of the exact wording? Am I looking for loopholes? Sometimes. It has ways of showing up in a variety of forms throughout the day.

Finally before I go to bed, I set the timer for ten minutes, pick up the little notebook and pen and begin writing, using the quote as my topic. (See Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones).

And that is the procedure.  I’m at the data collecting stage now.

Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions. I need feedback from voices other than the ones in my head.:)


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