I would love to write, but…

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, p 192

Set aside a full hour’s writing time.  Get comfortable and then number from one to five.  List five trite, cliched, and heartwarming topics that are very “human.”  The goal of your list is to come up with what you might call the “Reader’s Digest” quotient, that is, a topic almost anyone can relate to.  For example

  • My most beloved pet
  • My favourite relative
  • My best holiday
  • My most gratifying moment
  • My most inspiring teacher

Choose one of your topics.  Set pen to page and allow yourself to be detailed and human for one hour.  Do not worry about being hip.  DO not worry about being sentimental.  Recall to mind in precise detail what was memorable and lovable about your subject.