1. Put the timer on for 10 minutes.
2. Write stream of consciousness about whatever- whatever comes out of the pen onto paper. Keep the pen moving.
3. Review your writing- read it out loud.
4. Circle the main words- the words that stand out for you- try for about ten. Ten key words. Trust your gut.
5. Write the words you circled.
6. Trim them down further.
7. Read your final selection out loud. Does it ring true?
8. Repeat daily.
Trust myself. Trust me. Trust Mom. Her letters. Her pain. Her addiction. My heart.
I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were. ― Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook