gritty birds #NaPodPoMo DAy 1: Content Friday 1: Morning Pages

Last Week, we had our first content Thursday video. The next day, my friends in Podcasters’ Lounge threw up the idea for a Friday video challenge in November.

PLUS, I’m happily participating in the National Podcast Month Challenge. Every Friday episode and video are going to be totally focused on Content.

You can check out the podcast here:

LISTEN

Watch the video here:

And read the article below!

Speaking of content, today is the LAST DAY to sign up for my month long Content workshop intensive. 4 weeks, small group meetings where I’ll be supporting you in developing your content, with systems, creative exercises and more.

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Last week, I posted our first video, and we covered these 3 big ideas of content creation.

LISTEN LIKE YOU EAT

  • Develop skills in active listening. 
  • All experiences are fuel for future stories.

TALK LIKE A FLASHLIGHT

  • Set the tempo
  • Our job is to guide our listeners and to keep them engaged
  • SHOW IT DON’T SAY IT
  • When sharing something with your audience, SHOW it
  • What can you do to paint a picture using your words and questions

While they seem simple, they’re pretty key to developing the foundation for your content creation. Check out the video for a little more depth in the idea!

This week we’re going to head into another really important basic idea, and one that is at the foundation of my month ahead:

You can listen to the podcast, which is back today for a 30 day

MORNING PAGES

When I taught Montessori elementary, every morning my kids had a prompt. The first thing they did, was to get out their work journals and write their morning list.

It would have the date, the time the sun rose, their work plan for the day, and … that days writing prompt, which they would write in their writing journal. The amount they needed to write depended on their age. A fourth grader would have a paragraph due, a sixth grader, 3 paragraphs.

In these writings, they were encouraged to use proper grammar and spelling, but.. Most importantly they were encouraged to WRITE.

As a musician, it’s similar. Every day I try to sit at my piano for a few minutes, just to play, freeform and record it. Most of the greatest writers didn’t only write those amazing tracks. They wrote a lot of crap, but they wrote constantly, and kept growing.

And as content creator, it’s all about waking up and trying to write for 15-30 minutes. No restraints, just WRITE.

In the book The Artists Ways, the author even suggests not ever reading back what you wrote. It’s not about quality, frankly it’s about showing up to the page.

SENSORIAL WRITING

This is not a new concept. I first began doing it regularly, with sensorial writing.

While you’re writing, you can put down anything that comes to your mind. Absolutely anything. But, also take that time to note your surroundings. Write about how your fingers feel, what the sound is like from the heater. Note how the light is falling on your comforter. What are you smelling. What is your experience in the exact moment.

The great thing about morning pages is that it doesn’t need to follow any real format. If you are tired of writing about sensory and start thinking about something else, you can switch gears and write about that. Or you can sit there and write out your grocery list.

NO JUDGEMENT

What we’re really building in Morning Pages is a practice where you are able to tap into new ideas in your brain. Where you are SHOWING UP.

By rewiring your thoughts, you are setting a platform for new ideas. AND if you need to, you have some of these incredible ideas that you can access later, tapped while your brain is at it’s freshest, with that morning coffee.

When I’m feeling stuck in my writing, I find going back to these really inspires me. Sometimes it gives me new ideas for structured writing practice. And it’s really helpful for when we get to that amazing next step in the process, Brainstorming.

If you don’t want to do them as morning pages, find another time that works. next time you are sitting in a waiting room, pull out your phone’s notepad and start doing some sensorial writing instead of jumping onto socials.

Just a few minutes a day will do wonders for your creativity.

If you’re looking for prompts, there are a ton of resources online. I really like using the DayOne Journal. I also have used the community 750 words in the past. Both are great places to archive these ideas. DayOne also gives daily prompts if you are looking for more structured practice.

No matter what, if you want to create, WRITE!