I love Jeanette LeBlanc‘s writing. All of it. I particularly adored a piece of hers that I read recently, Start With What You Know. She evokes so powerfully the writing life, the tension and urge and essence of the white hot need to come to the page. I was inspired to share my own list of what I start with, of what I know.
this, the sunset out of my office window, is something I know to be true
I think most clearly in the morning, and I like to start my day before the sun is up.
I like my coffee with coconut milk and coconut sugar. Hot, and more than one cup of it.
Life is messy and most people carry some scars and wounds with them.
Drinking alcohol doesn’t really work for me most of the time anymore.
I’m more attuned than most people to aches and pains and changes in my body. This only makes me a hypochondriac if I act on every discomfort. It makes me aware and sensitive if I remember to sit tight and wait. Most things pass.
Writing is an essential part of almost every day for me. I need to write what I see, what I think, what I feel.
I feel a lot. Good and bad and everything in between. I ride roller coasters inside my emotions every single day. The challenge is creating more space between the feeling and the reacting.
My spidey sense about other people is rarely wrong. I need to trust it more.
Nothing puts me more quickly and firmly in touch with the ineffable, deeply reassuring energy that throbs through the universe than being outside.
When you write what you know, what do you start with?
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