“It is only through your conscious mind that you can reach the subconscious. Your conscious mind is the porter at the door, the watchman at the gate. It is to the conscious mind that the subconscious looks for all its impressions.”
Robert Collier (American motivational author, 1885-1950)
If you read part 1, I am using S.L. Stebel's book, Making Your Subconscious Your Partner in the Writing Process and Double Your Creative Power!
This morning I took out my piece of writing from April 9th.
Here's part II. Take a pen, pencil or highlighter and read your work, circling the words or words that leap out from the page.* When you are done, put the circled words on a new page and repeat the first process, writing at white hot speed without stopping to think. The words you have circled Stebel calls "trigger words' "messages from your subconscious from stories struggling to get out." Again when you are done put away the writing for at least a week. Repeating the process until you recognize when you should stop. At the end of the process, weeks or months you should have themes or story starters deep from your subconscious, words that need to be written.
*For me this was amazing, I didn't remember writing many of these words.
Today, if you haven't done this exercise I encourage you to do this. I've had this particular handout for at least 3 years, and I'm pretty stunned what words came up in part II. I will continue on with the exercise so look for updates. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag