Sometimes, one just needs to cheat.
When I started writing this daily blog (one year and four months ago) the only promise I made to myself was to write every day. I didn't care WHAT I'd write, as long as it would be something that I could type in and post to this page you are reading right now.
I quickly found my happy places in the writing which tend to be in melancholic yet sweet poetry, short stories that reveal some aspect of a dreamy inner world, a collection of letters to aspects of myself (there's that 'inner world' again!) and a bunch of other creative writing shenanigans.
But some days... well, some days one just needs to cheat. And so I found my niche for 'cheat days' with my blog; whenever I am too exhausted to get any type of inspirational creative writing going, and it's already the middle of the night - my 'go to' is the 'Word of the day' type posts. I pick a word, look up the meaning of it... and like magic - I instantly wake up a little, just enough to write a little blurb about that word I chose for that day and why I chose it.
So my little 'cheat trick' ended up being a reliable gateway to my inner life.
So go on! Find your cheat day or cheat trick - it may lead you somewhere unexpected. It may lead you closer to yourself.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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