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Can We Do This Together?

I hit a block. I wasn’t sure what to write about for this week’s article.

So I thought, why don’t I work out my block WITH you?

The first thing I do when I hit a block is ask myself, What are my judgments?

It took me awhile. My mind was like, I don’t know. I just don’t feel like writing.

While I was researching magazines to submit a recent essay, the judgments in the back of my head started to lightly move forward. And then they ran up and were like BOOM!

I was comparing my writing to others.

My writing isn’t interesting enough. It’s not different enough, good enough. There’s so much of this “breaking through creatively” stuff out there. The web is covered in it. I’m not doing anything anyone else isn’t doing.

The judgments kept coming. There they were! I found what was causing the block. Good, I thought.

NOW WHAT’S NEXT?

I could ask myself, What if my judgments didn’t matter? And I just kept writing.

I also intuitively felt, Maybe I’m ready to shake things up.

Of course, it doesn’t matter what others are doing and I’ll keep on doing what I’m passionate about. The process of identifying the judgments present and asking myself open-ended questions got me unstuck. Lots of ideas started flowing again.

And yes, why not continue to widen my horizons?

When I paint and get stuck like this I often ask myself, What image could enter in or out of the painting?

What if something I haven’t thought of came into the painting from behind, the sides, underneath or above?

When I asked myself these questions about writing these Sunday articles, I realized what I needed to “enter in” was you.

Many of you have responded to tell me over the last year how you’ve been moved and more specifically how these articles have been in sync with what you were going through.

I’ve appreciated your feedback greatly. To all of you who have written me, THANK YOU.

To create more of a connection with you, I’m interested in what YOU need, what you specifically would like help with. I’d like to know more of who you are.

So this week I’m going to try something new.

If you feel called, write me an email with a question about something you’re going through that you would like help, tips or support on. I’ll address the answer in a future article, keeping your anonymity.

Whatever you’re going through most likely is similar to what others are going through, including myself, and we can all learn from each other.

Not knowing how many will write to me, I can’t guarantee every letter will be posted in an article. I will absolutely write you back though. As a side note, if it’s something I choose, it’ll take time before it’s published.

I hope you’ll join me in this discovery. You are important and meaningful to me. And I very much appreciate you reading.

To connecting and coming together! With gratitude,

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Lynn Newman