I haven’t actively written the last few days because of health issues, so last night, I decided to go through some old journals and revisit writing. Often when I feel removed from a current project, revisiting past musings helps me to ground myself in the process once again.
One of my favorite exercises from my Creative Writing class in college was the select a word at random and write about it. I found a journal from my 2014 trip to Colorado where I practiced this. I can remember being on the plane with headphones in wanting to write, but not having a clear purpose or idea. So I flipped open the Southwest Airlines magazine from the pocket in front of me. There was an ad for Disney and scrolled across the top was the word MAGIC.
And like that, the magic happened. I tuned out the rest of the world and wrote furiously for the entire flight.
Last night, after feeling like I did not want to engage in my practice, I found this piece and decided to edit and revise it. I intend to share this piece with others at the writing retreat, and hopefully, I will post a revised product at the end of the retreat. By no means is it the finished product, but I thought I would post an example of what one simple word can yield. Magic!