23 December – You

I live in Cambridge, UK.  One of the most famous Christmas traditions here is the service of carols and lessons from King’s College Chapel on Christmas Eve.  Each year, the 3 pm service is broadcast live to millions around the world.  Since 1919, the service has always started with a lone treble chorister singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City.

The choirmaster doesn’t tell the choristers who the soloist will be until seconds before the carol starts.  All the boy sopranos need to be ready to sing, and when the time comes, the choirmaster looks directly at one and gestures for him to step forward There is no time to get wound up or lost in nerves;  the singer is surprised into song.

Today, go back to your writing wish list from 11 December.  Choose one of the pieces you listed and surprise it into being.  Give it no time to waver or stall, nod to it with supreme authority:  ‘You. Now.

And start writing.

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One Response to 23 December – You

  1. Melissa says:

    For just under a week, now, I’ve been a bit unmoored. Last Thursday I woke up around 3 am, and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I went downstairs and wrote in my journal until it was all filled up. I didn’t have an empty one to start filling, and I haven’t gotten one this week – was thinking that there might be one under the Christmas tree. It seems much longer than six days that I haven’t written properly (i.e. with pen and paper). I typed stuff and drafted things and revised, but I haven’t written to generate raw material, which is really the way to generate possibilty, which then becomes, word by word, nudge by nudge, action and reality. When I next have something to write in, I will go back to my list of stories I want to write – my latest list – and scribble one into being. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over this past year of so much writing growth, it’s that it starts, always, with the blank page and the command, You. Now.


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