A to Z: Hold (the pose)

Week two, day two of the A to Z Challenge. Let’s Hold here, yoga style, and see how that might apply to writing.

In yoga, often the instructor asks us to hold the pose. Breathe deeply. Breathe into the places that are tight. The instructor keeps saying this as we breathe and resist, breathe and try to feel the tight place, breathe and start to hurt, breathe and have death wishes about him or her. He/she is doing this on purpose, we think, viciously. And we’re right, only not about the vicious part. The point is to hold the pose, knowing that we have long passed beyond the place of feeling good about getting into the pose in the first place; knowing that we’re struggling, knowing that this is where progress begins. So it is with writing. We feel good about getting into the pose, about sitting down with pen and notebook or laptop. We feel proud as we start to put down the words. But in order to get to the really good stuff, we have to hold the pose. And hold. And hold. And hold. That’s right, keep writing beyond the place where you think you’re finished. And then beyond the second time you think you’re finished. And then one more time. That’s where the progress begins.

So, hold pen (or tap the keys); hold the pose.

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