Conscious Writing from the Hidden 90%

Friday 11 September 2020 - Posted by Julia McCutchen

I often use the image of an iceberg to represent the way Conscious Writing works.

It’s a powerful illustration because it’s so clear that the 10% you see above the surface of the water simply wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the 90% underneath.

For Conscious Writers, the visible 10% equates to the words which meet the page.

The hidden 90% includes the unseen preparation and preliminary creative work that’s required for the right words to arise and result in truly authentic communication of your stories and ideas.

Inner Preparation

That’s why I place so much emphasis on inner preparation before starting to write.

Paying attention to “who you are” when you sit down to craft the words for sharing your message makes all the difference in the world.

No one will see the process through which the essence of your ideas takes form as words; yet they will feel the impact of writing that comes from a deeper source than your everyday mind.

Clear Your Path to the Page

It’s all too easy to forget the importance of engaging in practices to clear your path to the page when time is short and it feels like you just need to crack on.

Yet focusing exclusively on getting those words written is likely to be a false economy when it comes to writing from your heart with the voice of your soul.

When you embrace the importance of the hidden 90% as an integral part of your writing process, all aspects of yourself are drawn into alignment, and this opens the way for deep creative flow.

5 Core Practices

I recommend 5 Core Practices for writing from the hidden 90%:

  1. Cultivate Awareness to develop your capacity for being fully present in the moment.
  2. Spend Time in Nature to open your heart, boost creativity and connect with your soul.
  3. Move Consciously to draw on the wisdom and intelligence that’s available in your body.
  4. Nurture Your Creative Soul to refill your inner well on a regular basis so it never runs dry.
  5. Write in Your Journal to clear your mind, process your feelings and develop your ideas.

Some time spent paying attention to one or more of these practices will make a tangible difference to the quality and impact of the words you write.

Together they represent a powerful way to add a whole new dimension to your writing and ripple out to transform your experience in other areas of your life.

I encourage you to explore your hidden 90% at whatever level works for you; then notice how you feel and what’s reflected back to you when you read the words which surface from your depth.

Related Posts

Who Are You Before the Writing Begins?

5 Core Practices for Conscious Writers: # 1 Cultivate Awareness

5 Core Practices for Conscious Writers: # 2 Spend Time in Nature

The Creative Potential of Conscious Movement

Nurture Your Creative Soul

Conscious Journaling to Clear Your Mind

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