Jan 28, 2015
Pernelle has been writing professionally for 12 years, 7 years as her main job. The writing came in fits and starts. She would go through massive creative spurts and produce tons of work in no time. And then she won’t write for a few weeks or a month. Then she’d have another creative spurt.
This way of working depleted her. She would have one of these creative bursts and then feel empty and think she couldn’t do it again. She knew she could write, but she didn’t know how to make it a sustainable activity for herself.
So she started experimenting. At first, she set up her schedule to write in the afternoons. Then she tried writing first thing in the morning. The she added some meditation before writing.
All the experimenting had paid off. Pernille has a solid writing practice that supports her and allows her to bring her creative work into the world in a way that feels nurturing and sustainable. Listen to her story of how she worked out the details of her practice, what she does now, and how it has changed her life.
what writing (and life) was like for her before her daily practice
her analogy of writing a book to running a marathon
her trial and error process of creating her daily writing practice
what her daily practice looks like now
the rituals she goes through before she sits down to start writing
how and why she separates writing and editing
why limiting our choices (or eliminating them altogether) can help us be more creative
her best advice for starting a daily writing practice
the important difference between “original” and “brilliant”
how her daily writing practice carried her through burnout after finishing a novel
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