You’re a Writer? Keep on Cleping on!
Today’s word-of-the-day selection is clepe (verb) –archaic to call, name. Do you call yourself a writer? Both professional and hobbyists alike can find more time, subject matter, and purpose by naming what they do. First, declare your writing hours. Hone them so you are working at the most productive time of day. Next, journal every morning to get ideas down for multiple writing projects. For professionals, this leads to more diverse work. For hobbyists, daily journaling creates pockets of deeper inquiry while documenting family history or memoir writing. Finally, understand your purpose by daily writing. Professionals may find a deep satisfaction in grant writing for non-profits due to the direct line of funding to those most in need. Hobbyists may find satisfaction in leaving a written history of their family to their own heirs.
The Message of Clepe
The message of this term is one of boundaries: Take time to journal to give definition to your hopes and dreams. These free-writing sessions bear seeds to much creative work.
Take your journal out. Write for 15 minutes about when you are most productive. Take time to consider ways to make your writing space more inviting. Do you have a special mug, gel pens that reduce drag on the paper, or a candle to light for inspiration? Try one or more of your ideas out in the month to come.
Coming Up in December
The word-of-the-day selection will get festive in December. As much as I like my mother-in-laws mother’s Random House English Language Dictionary, it is over 50 years old. The pages are fragile. So, I am going to put 31 terms in a basket. I will draw one and write it daily. I did a free-write this morning and listed well over 31 terms associated with the holiday season. Each term will be related to the year-end festivities as well as its connotation with a writer’s life.
Here’s to growing your flow,