Writing and Living Free

Writing and Living Free

The Golden Retriever Meditates on What it Means to be Cold, Loved and Warm

I have loads of draft posts here waiting for me to complete and publish. I  planned to write another post today, but I’m not drawn to publish it.  Instead I want to spend the next fifteen minutes just writing – free writing – sharing my thoughts, telling you what’s going on with me. Do you mind?

Free writing – setting my ideas free – allowing my thoughts to run wild, while I try to capture them in words.  I’ve been doing that almost every day since the 1st of January.  I’ve been following Julia Cameron’s advice to get those Morning Pages out almost the first thing every morning.  I can’t tell you exactly what that is doing for me – except to say that it’s setting loose a whole of memories and emotions that I thought I had got over. Some that  I didn’t even know existed!  Such a simple exercise, but such powerful emotions. It’s something I would recommend to everyone now. I’m sold on the Morning Pages – and I’m going to spread the word.

Another part of me is getting more organized. I’m putting my thoughts and plans down.  I actually have an editorial planner in place this year. Yes, me! Even if I sometimes break loose and write like this – most times I’m hoping to follow a plan.

I’m also organizing all the blogs I want to read regularly this year. I keep discovering new ones, but I want to follow some special ones this year and form more meaningful blogging relationships. So while all my old favourites stay, I’ve added a few more and created a document to follow them in a systematic way.

Don’t pretend you’re not impressed already! Seriously, I am. ;)

My reading is going well too. I’ve committed to read a 100 books in 2013 too. I’m going to make sure they’re more meaningful books than last year though.  Besides The Artist’s Way , I’m also currently reading and learning from You Can Create An Exceptional Life by Cheryl Richardson and Louise Hay.  Already I’m struck with quite a few things I’ve read in both the books and I can see them helping me to make my life more meaningful.  Of course, I’m indulging myself in all those lovely, romantic stories too – I can’t resist them.

The one thing that I’m not doing – and what’s new about that, you ask – is exercising.  I always start tomorrow. But it never comes, does it?  I  have been thinking deeply about what’s causing me to resist getting fit and healthy.  I had better stop thinking and start walking.

My 15 minutes are up.

I’d love to hear what’s happening in your life and what 2013 is teaching you already.

15 minutes Free Write is GBE’s prompt for the week.



  1. Oh how wonderful to see you growing Corinne… I wish I were your mother :P I’m so proud of journeying with a friend who keeps on growing :)

    We have set our plans for 2013 both at work and at home… well, it isn’t easy to follow the simplest ones like sleeping early or being polite all the time :P but the thing is I could wake up every morning to start again… I’ve included long walks and a high fiber diet in my list :) I’ve denounced riding a cab when it’s possible to walk. That way I could save money and it’s also a form of exercise. I promised to read books ~ maybe cut on speedreading for a while and ‘eat’ good books for meditation…Maybe put more ‘depth in the present’ as Fr. Boulad calls it… :)

    Oh now it’s time to wash clothes :)

    THANK YOU for this post BS :*
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  2. Rickie Khosla

    I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized. I need to get more organized.

    Now that I have repeated this 10 times, I hope I remember this tomorrow!

    I wish I could get half as organized as you! I am going to try. Thanks for sharing your ‘free’ thoughts!
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  3. Wow, 100 books.. I’m impressed Corinne and I have no doubt you’ll knock that one out. I wish I had the time to read that many. I haven’t read for pleasure in years.

    I also don’t sit down and just write whatever is on my mind. Now the funny thing is that the post I published today just came to me on Tuesday and I had it written, edited and finished in 30 minutes. That’s a big deal for me because it usually takes me hours to write a post. I’m an editing fool. But I just had that one in my mind and it all flowed beautifully.

    I’m looking forward to what this year will bring. I’m going the creating a product route so that should keep me pretty busy.

    Now, get out there and at least walk a little each day. That will definitely help with you getting fit. It’s good for you too.

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  4. 100 books – I’m so jelous! I wish I could accomplish that since there are so many books I want to read. I lower my goal every year so that I could spend more time with each book, maybe even re-read some sections. But just like you this year I aim to read only meaningful books and abandon everything I don’t dig within the first couple of pages. So hopefully no more two-star reads more me.
    I’ve tried free writing before but only in the moments when I was ready to overflow with emotions. It’s a good therapy and always soothes my nerves. I haven’t however done it on a regular basis but now you got me tempted. One of my favorite sayings is “you don’t know what you know until you write it”, so I want to see what will come out of me :)
    Corrine, you should write a post on how you manage your time – I’m so curious! I’m still learning to master mine and not very successfully. At the end of each day I have to deal with the feeling of dissatisfaction of how little I’ve accomplished and how much could have been done in all the time I had. And you set up goals way more time consuming than mine. So please share you secrets! ;)

  5. I am working on being mindful in 2013 though I haven’t made any firm resolutions this year. I want to work in taming my reactive emotional ways and like you, I am working on diet and fitness. I try to walk every day, do a yoga class once a week and snipers of yoga every evening and it works. I need to reign in eating habits though as I think I am sugar addict. I also want to spend more time updating my blogs and reading and contributing to others. So many blogs and books, so little time Corinne! I might try doing the morning pages again too. I went through ‘The Artists Way’ a few years ago and it was invaluable. I am currently reading ‘flourishing’ by Maureen Gaffney and ‘Happier at home’ by Gretchin Rubin is next on the list!

  6. Hi Corinne,

    Writing is an art for me and I write the way I feel though :) I don’t think of how keywords or such comes into play ’cause I just wanna be me and reflect me there.

    Oh gosh… 100 books? :) That’s awesome and you are a readerholic. I read less when it comes to books since I’ve got my PC but do mostly online. Anyway mostly they are blogs though :) I’m in GoodReads but couldn’t get much time to explore much as I’m in a busy schedule in first few months of this year.

    I will check out your 100 books and I can’t say I’ll beat you though ;) lol…

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  7. Corinne, loved this fifteen minute ‘free-fall.’ Sounds absolutely wonderful. 100 books! Wow. You inspire me to do a lot of things, Corinne. I wish you all the best for your goals. Let us know when you need motivation – we will be there to cheer your spirits.

    Joy always,
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  8. Wow, you have lofty goals for yourself for 2013 and I admire that about you. Good luck on each new challenge and on a very happy and prosperous year.

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  9. Hi Corinne
    Sounds like a great plan. Don’t think I could tackle a 100 books. I need to get more organized on the websites to visit also. I just have 3 plans. Continue writing content on a regular basis for my main blog and try to write for the others at least once a month. Try to visit more blogs on a regular schedule. Then I have some online courses that I am taking and will continue you with that until it no longer makes sense.
    I have a number of started drafts also, not sure if they will manifest into full blown posts or not.
    My husband and I walk almost everyday for an hour if the whether is lousy we might not or if we decide to do yard work in place of the walk, but at least try to get up and away from the computer each day.
    Good luck on your challenges for the year.
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  10. despite the risk of sounding pompous, i hope i am on the list of bloggers you plan to follow:-)
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  11. Thanks for sharing this Corinne,

    Being a writer I can totally understand what you mean. Writing is very therapeutic and will bring memories and thoughts out like crazy.

    Also, the more you write the better at writing you are getting no matter what you write.

    I love to write. I write a lot for my own blogs and articles and as a freelancer, so I’d better love it. right?
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  12. I wish I enjoyed exercising more. It’s one more chore:(
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  13. What has taught me already? First and foremost I found out I am not the all powerful God I thought I was. I learned it is not as easy as I thought to quit smoking, even with the help of my God. I learned that no matter how hard I try unless I write things down , I won’t remember them, no matter how important they are. I learned that I am not alone.
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  14. I was so impressed when I saw you reach 100 books in 2012! You can do it in 2013, too! You’re rocking the new year. Great goals and great progress. That’s really cool about the morning pages, too. Reaching those subconscious feelings and emotions can be really revealing and telling about our everyday actions.
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  15. I love reading free writing, there is just something about hearing the unrestrained honest thoughts of a person. 2013 has already been a year of new things for me. I started blogging on the 3rd of January, I finally started my YouTube channel, and I’ve put much more time and effort into my school work. This year I’m going to make a college golf team, but this time I’m going to put in the work to do it. No one will hear me lie anymore, so I’ve started by being straight forward and honest with every situation. No more complaining, because it causes me to dwell on situations. No more snap decisions, because bad decisions will and have been made. Exercising, will have its time and place, but I realized that you really have to WANT to exercise to do it.

    I enjoyed reading this post. I will definitely be coming to this blog more often.

  16. I have tons of notebooks full of my free writing. Julia Cameron’s book changed my life in many ways, but writing morning pages is what impacted me most. Sometimes I read something written years ago, and it’s so interesting to see how I’ve changed or how I’m still the same. I wrote pages for many years, then stopped. Not sure why. But I think you’ll get a lot of benefit from this exercise. It’s nice to know how you plan to organize yourself this year. I haven’t done that. My unedited book remains still. I remain in fear of opening it and doing the necessary work. You’re an inspiration to me. Maybe today is the day you’ll exercise and I’ll edit. Hope we do those things that keep us healthy. Take care Corinne.
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  17. A 100 books! I joined the challenge and I have about 26 books! Last year I had planned to read at least 24 and didn’t manage completing the challenge! This year I have managed to read one books as of now.

    Loved your free writing. I have tried it quite often but never publish what I write because it doesn’t ever make sense!
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  18. HI Corinne

    Awesome, 100 books in a year, comes out to be 2 in a week. I thinking you have been a great reader.
    I want to more organised with my blog and want to exercise a lot this year. Let’s see how the things shape up.

    Thanks for sharing this

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  19. There are days/ times when I too want to do a bit of free writing.But,it is the blog drafts waiting for me.
    As for exercise…Delhi has been so cold at almost 2c,but I haven’t given up my morning walk.
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  20. Getting organized about blogging is my goal too. Stop spinning my wheels and making some real good things happen. I am happy to be back around your blog and will be excited to see how things go from here. When we really tap into that creativity, so much can happen! Enjoy the morning pages!
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  21. I too have decided to write every day……..it is really the best way of working out emotions. But like you, today I decided to go with the flow and let the day just happen and it did………yoga, shopping for veggies and new born babies, a light chick-flick and now a walk by the sea………..
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  22. great free write!! 100 books is a nice challenge. I should shoot for that goal as well. I always start and stop books but don’t finish it. it’s a bad habit. i also read multiple books at a time but they go unfinished. a metaphor for my life? i’m impressed by your blog reading system. i have no system and wish i did. just don’t know where to start? i love julia cameron’s work and the morning pages.
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  23. I am beyond impressed Corrine. Is there another word for it? :) Super motivated after reading this.

  24. My main aim this week is something that is not on your list :P – I want to get back to the high levels of fitness I had till a few years back ..
    I love the idea of free writing .. Its something I do when I am undecided or confused about something .. it really clears up your mind when you put everything down on a piece of paper !
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  25. I am impressed for sure! :p You are on a roll! I have read Louise Hay’s ‘Heal your Life’… it was good. Have set a target of just 40 books this year… trying to get into the habit of reading again this year… it somehow took a backseat as I got caught up with other stuff in life. Exercising sure can be difficult to start, but it’s fun once we manage to break through the initial resistance!
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  26. I saw this topic on GBE2 but chose to pass on it. Good for you for carrying through. Hopefully the exercise helped to clear your mind.
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  27. Loved the free write and glimpse into you. Will look forward to more free writes and recommendations on the books. I’m with you on the exercising -it’s a hard one to enjoy. Now I’ve made it my morning prayer time. I chant my mantras as I do the exercises (yoga) – helps me to make the exercising a spiritual connection.
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  28. Mary Hudak-Collins

    Whoa Corinne…I’m trying to catch up with you LOL. Yes, I am certainly impressed and you have motivated me…once I figure out where to begin :) I love this idea of ‘just writing freely’ and I may try a couple posts like that on my new site. Since my allergies and celiac site is focusing more on recipes, I believe I have enough drafts to do a couple posts a week for the next 2 years! Yes, 2 years! That doesn’t take into account any new recipes I write LOL. My goal for 2013 was to get all of my drafts completed and scheduled along with other goals I won’t go into here.
    Congratulations to you Corinne! ♥♥♥
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  29. PS–I meant to add that I love that picture of the dog!
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  30. Like others, I enjoyed this glimpse into your spontaneous thinking. I’d like to hear more about your technique for organizing the blogs you read. I have a hard time keeping up. I’m intrigued by this practice of free writing. I’m going to try it.
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    • Thank you, Galen. I’ve just created a document alphabetically (bloggers name/name of blog/ URL) – so I make sure to visit all the blogs I’ve listed in a two week time frame. Does that make sense to you?
      You will love Julia Cameron’s books, if you haven’t read them already.
      PS: I just loved the picture of the dog too – something about it was so Zen, don’t you think? :)
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  31. Corinne,

    I also found free writing very powerful on an emotional level. But, I haven’t done it for eons. Maybe, I’ll following your lead. I’m impressed that you are getting more organized. I could benefit from that too. Exercise? Let’s not go there! I enjoyed your free writing exercise today.
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  32. I love when you free write.. the exercise thing is a challenge for me too.. I recently had some tests on my heart which scared me to death and I promised God and myself if they turned out ok I would exercise everyday.. unfortunately i haven’t and I truly don’t know why.. definitely something to work on… I wish i really wish I could be as organized as you are… I am just the opposite :(… thank you for free writing you have me motivated… I love you… As always…XOXOXOXO
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  33. Love, love, love your “free-fall” here, Corinne! It’s so refreshing to read words which flow spontaneously and reveal where you are and where you hope to be as the year unfolds. To do just this was one reason I created my Moments and Musings blog – so I could simply write or vent or celebrate. It is good for the soul!
    Love and blessings, my friend!
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  34. Seems a plan. Wish I could be more organized like this. Trying. Best wishes Corinne.

  35. 100 books sound awesome!!! :-)
    And yes, completely impressed with your planning!!! I am a hopeless planner!
    My 2013 has started out positively! I want to do more this year…. Exercise more, read more, travel more… Make new friends… :-)
    I want to walk to the library again without worrying about the knee :-)
    I also realise that I want to write more freely, after reading this post! Its such a fabulous idea …
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    • I’m a hopeless planner too, Pixie. Just trying to be ‘good’ this year. I wish you good luck with all your plans. Do take care of that knee of yours. We don’t want you back in the hospital – despite the handsome doctors! ;)
      Try out the free writing, I suspect you’ll love it. If you can, do get hold of The Artist’s Way – it’s wonderful.
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  36. Hi Corinne,

    Your reading 100 books challenge sounds great!

    2013 for me has been good so far, thanks for asking. I’ve made progress with most of my professional and personal plans. I’ve been very eager so have had to slow myself down, a little!

    I liked the idea of allowing yourself to write freely. It reminded me a bit of what we do in improvisational comedy. So many thoughts and emotions stay bottled up in everyday life. Improvisational comedy teaches a person to let go of inhibitions and it sounds like your experiences with free writing.
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    • Hi Hiten – I did 100 books last year, I hope to sustain the effort this year too.
      I’m glad your year is going great so far. I had to smile at your eagerness. I know what you mean. Sometimes, we want it all and now. :)
      I’ve done a bit of improvisational drama and loved it – maybe I’m a free spirit at heart, huh? Am trying to be more creative and authentic this year and hence these efforts. Have you been involved in the theater? Would love to hear more about your experiences, Hiten.
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      • Hi Corinne,

        It’s great to hear you’ve done some improvisational drama! It is a lot of fun, isn’t it? Do you have any plans to get back into it?

        I love the idea of being more creative and authentic. Children have the ability without even thinking about it. As adults we can lose it and then have to make some effort to go back to grassroots!

        I’ve not done any theater yet. Thanks for asking! However, the more time I spend with fellow improvisers who do gigs, I can see myself performing in a gig this year!
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        • Ive done improvisational drama as part of training, Hiten and it’s always fun. For now, I’ve shelved my training activities, so I’ll probably not take it up again.
          You’re so right – we have to go back to find the creative child within us all. I’m finding that happening as I follow The Artist’s Way. It’s a book I’d recommend to everyone, not just ‘creative’ people.
          I do hope you get a chance to do a gig this year – how cool. I’d love to see a video of that when you do. :)
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  37. Loved your 15 min Corinne!

    I too love to write freely, without having to think about anything, especially SEO and other stuff – that’s actually the real-creative writing :)

    Nice to know that you have planned out great things this year, and once it’s written in your planner, I’m sure you are going to accomplish each one of them. So, wishing you the best this year for each of them too.

    Ah…exercises! I can relate to that one! It’s been so freezing cold past month that I’ve also left my morning walks, keeping it for the day when the weather gets better, and that’s yet to happen :) I guess we can really come up with a 1001 reasons – isn’t it? But you and me, we all know that it IS needed and we have to keep ourselves healthy, so if you can, try and take out some time for short walks (don’t mind me saying this, because I know the health risks we are at if we don’t, so it’s as a well-wisher). Yes, it’s a reminder for me too.

    Thanks for sharing this with us :)
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    • Oh I understand, Harleena. SEO and stuff is way too challenging for me – I feel rather boxed in. But that’s just me. I know you are doing a fabulous job of it.
      Thanks for believing that I’ll stick to my plans – for the first time in years, I do believe I will. :)
      About the walks and such, perhaps we all need to prod each other on – so easy to get lost in the online world and forget about what really matters – our health.
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  38. Wow..100 books..That’s pretty ambitious, but I like that goal! I think I’ll probably read around 50-60. I love reading too! I love the idea of just writing freely, stream of consciousness style. This has inspired me. I think my next post will be just to write. So many times I wait for a suitable topic, and I look around for books and sources to quote from, it can be distracting, time consuming and sometimes it just results in a half finished post I never return to. Rather than just simply sitting down and writing what comes to mind. When I come out with my next post I’ll leave a link back to this one. :)
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    • Jessica, I aimed for 75 last year and did a 100 – but lots of light reading was involved. Let’s see how I fair this year. Are you on Goodreads? It helps me keep track of what I am reading. I love free writing – only I can’t publish all of it here! ;) I look forward to reading your next post.
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