Talking about making writing time a priority is one thing. Talking about making your writing and your writing time sacred is something else entirely.
Now we are into the realm of spirituality. I won’t bring up the “G” word here, but with this prompt I do want you to consider what you hold sacred and what feels sacred to you. Is your writing sacred? When you write do you feel you connect with something Higher or with your soul?
If you, like me, feel that the act of writing does, indeed, connect you with that part of you that was created in the image of God (there…I said it) and that is linked to the Divine, you may want to consider creating a sacred space within which to write. Actually, think of your writing as a sacred act. You might find that doing so makes you feel more inspired and, therefore, helps you not only make time to write but get more accomplished during that period.
Nonfiction Writing Prompt #16: Create a Sacred Writing Space
To complete this prompt, spend some time in your current writing space, or choose a new one.
- First, look around, then close your eyes, take a deep breath, and allow yourself to feel what it is like to be in the space. Does it feel sacred or spiritual? Calming? Connecting?
- Second, make a list of ways you could make this feel like a space sacred. These might include:
- Creating a pre-writing period ritual during which you light a candle, set an intention, meditate, or say a prayer.
- Creating an altar with a candle, crystals, photos, incense, chimes, or other objects your find spiritual or that set a spiritual “tone.”
- Cleaning your office and then placing sacred objects on your desk or around the room.
- Adding a fountain and inspirational music for atmosphere.
- Hanging inspirational art on the walls.
- Third, make these changes.
- Fourth, ritualize the changes you have made. Actually create a ceremony to initiate your new sacred writing space. You could:
- Light a candle and incense and say a prayer for abundant, prosperous and connected writing to happen in the space.
- Visualize what writing in the space each day will be like.
- Invoke your idea of God into the space—ask the The Original Creative One to come to work with you every day in this new sacred space and to help you feel inspired.
How do you feel about creating a sacred space in which to write? Tell me in a comment below.
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