I was speaking with a friend the other day about writing exercises. The creative mind is a muscle, and like any other muscle in the body, it must be flexed, stretched, pushed to its limits, and allowed to heal and repair. The one exercise I find most helpful, and especially through times of creative drought, is stream-of-consciousness writing. Find a quiet place, put pen to paper, and write every word you see. For me, it quickly unlocks the doors… after a few words, or, at worst, a few sentences, what is really on my mind begins to emerge. Most of the pieces you find here have their birth in that exercise, though I do then take them, like gems, and cut and polish and make them presentable for the world at large.

But I thought it might be interesting, and an exercise also in letting go, to share with you one such piece, before it undergoes any change. I waged internal war over this. It is far from perfect. But it is honest. And it is part of the process.

I hope you find some enjoyment in it.

Love, Felicity

Image editing done by Kat. ©Felicity Johns
Image editing done by Kat. ©Felicity Johns

15 thoughts on “Traces

  1. I think I might try this. I’m in a bit of a slump and it might help. I normally write on the computer but I’m too much of a perfectionist for a real stream of consciousness which I think is the key to this exercise. So the pen and paper seems the way to go. Thank you for sharing this.


    1. I’ve tried it on the computer, it def. doesn’t work as well. The key is letting go. Close your eyes, when you start. Just start feeling your hand move. Scribbles become letters, become words, thoughts, and you’re off! 🙂 Good luck!

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