Discovering Wisdom through Creative Writing and Mindfulness Meditation

The concept for writing this article was to share a first hand experience which I encountered as a result of using mindful meditation while writing in flow.

This article is a continuation from: Mindfulness Meditation and Creative Writing Techniques. You may want to read that hub first to fully understand and learn more about combining these two creative techniques.

Writing in flow is just one form of creative writing. There are numerous other writing styles and techniques. The internet is a great resource for writing workshops that offer online writing courses.

I myself, have learned these writing techniques from reading books and attending several creative writing classes at a writing workshop with, well known author, Natalie Goldberg.

My two favorite books on this particular subject are, "Writing in Flow" by Susan K. Perry and "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg.

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Inspiring Moments

The inspiration for this article was the result of a revelation, born in the moment while commenting on another hubber's hub on Hubpages.

The title of the hub that I was reading at the time was 'Getting older and the Power of the Mind by Violet Sun, also known as Marie. If you haven't already read it, please be sure to check it out. It may inspire you as it did me!

Marie, (Violet Sun) is an exceptional inspirational writer with a passion for life. Marie's writing will put you in touch with your inner child as she see's life as a playground. Her connection with nature and her zealous spirit of playfulness shine throughout.

While I was reading Marie's hub I was mindful of a growing smile on my face. I became aware of a warm, tender feeling in my heart with sensations of excitability throughout my being.

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Writing in Flow begins....

Upon finishing reading and without hesitation my fingers began to fly across the keyboard I had entered into my usual writer's 'zone' (aka, creative dissociative state) and began writing in flow.

As many of you may already know, there is no thought process involved when you are writing in flow. Having said that, let me clarify, there is no thought process required to write what you are writing, when you write in flow.

However, when you are practicing mindfulness meditation techniques along with your writing, it is important that you are still mindful of any thoughts that enter your conscious mind. (therefore, creative dissociation is more like a semi conscious state).

Meditating at the Peace Pagoda
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Opening Yourself up to the Universe

What is great about writing in flow and using mindfulness meditation techniques is, it allows you to remain mindful and open to the present moment as it unfolds right before your eyes. Your unconscious mind picks up on it and Voila! You have stumbled upon an aha moment that just may flow through your writing onto your page.

It is through, 'being' in these magical states of mind which allows you to be open to the universe and receive messages that your conscious mind may not fully realize. In other words, revelations are free to be born. You may not realize that you have stumbled upon a revelation until you consciously refocus and reread what you have written. Some times, it may be hours, days or even much longer depending on how long it takes to process.

Getting back to my response to Marie's hub. Somewhere in the middle of my response writing from my creative zone, I wrote;

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“The mind is truly a powerful vessel and depending on which way you choose to think will determine whether you take the high road, the low road or a detour.”

At this point I was aware of a tiny fleeting thought, (where am I going with this?) as quickly as the thought had entered my conscious, it was acknowledged for a split second and immediately released by bringing my awareness back to to my fingertips on the keyboard.

Being well disciplined, this process has become second nature and is barely noticeable in the moment. I am simply mindful of it happening.

Once you have mastered this meditation technique, you become fine tuned and it pretty much happens on it's own. I don't mean to simplify this process. It takes a lot of patience, practice and discipline to get to this point.

My response went on to say, “Just recently, my life took a detour. Needless to say, I have had some down time due to an injury (pretty much the whole summer). The positive side to all of this is. My life has slowed down immensely"

Aha Moments!

(Again, please note, at this point I am still writing in flow therefore, I could not fully appreciate the depth of what I had written until it was processed on a more conscious level.)

(my aha moment!) "Perhaps not using my brakes on my roller blades in that split second and plunging to the ground was the universe's way of symbolically showing me that I in fact needed to stop abruptly and take a good look at the direction that my life was going in. It literally grounded me."

"It has allowed me to do some soul searching as well as reestablishing a deeper connection to my mind, body and spirit.

Mindfulness based stress reduction (mbsr) techniques as well as positive thoughts and attitudes has given me great strength in dealing with my pain."

"Yes, it's no big secret that we all are getting older. But I must say that deep inside I am feeling younger than ever and when I look in the mirror I must say that my reflection seems to be glowing. The mind is a powerful tool, which feeds the body and nourishes the spirit and soul."

Revelations are Born out of Wisdom and Insight

The realization of, 'the universe's symbolism,' was a revelation born in the moment that just came out in my response to Marie's hub while writing in flow from a mindful state of being. Experiences like this are what I refer to as, 'Aha Moments! Aha Moments are full of wisdom and insight. They are valuable, rewarding experiences, that validate our being.     I have always been grateful for these moments. I cherish each and every one of them.

Living mindfully and being open is a way of being fully awake moment to moment embracing life as it unfolds. Being mindful is essential to our mind, body and spirit's connection to the universe.

When we live mindfully with these connections from a non-judgmental state of mind we truly feel alive and present, the moment takes on a magical power. Life is in the here and now. With practice we become mindfully aware of waking up to each new moment. Our life is enriched by inner peace and meaningful rewards

This article continues on to .... About Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

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Mindfulness Meditation Techniques and Creative Writing
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:54 PM
Combining Mindfulness Meditation Techniques with Creative Writing such as; Stream of Consciousness Writing or Writing In Flow is a magical and powerful combination. In mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:48 PM
Well known, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., is the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He is also the founding member of the Cambridge Zen Center.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sage: I have been wanting to learn how to write not only when I am inspired but to be able to connect to inspiration even when I am not feeling particularly inspired. I am thrilled you shared how to do mindful writing, will try it! If we step out of the way, Spirit takes over and we write from a different place other than the mind.

Can't wait to try your techniques, I have been asking for a better way to write so I can be more productive with writing and here you are writing the perfect article for me. The universe is perfect!

Thank you so much for the mention of my hub, and your reaction and process.

Will share your hub in Facebook as well as Tweet it.

Rated up and bookmarked!


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Sage, for a very informative and enlightening hub on creative writing and mindfulness meditation, thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

violet sun - I am right there with you on the universe. I always say, all you have to do is put it out to the universe. Ask and you shall receive. The more I ask the more I receive. You are very welcome for the mention and thanks for rating up and sharing.

creativeone - Nice to see you, and thanks for taking the time to comment. I am glad that you liked this hub.

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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Oh Sage, I cannot begin to tell you how much this meant to me. I had to take a couple of weeks away from writing, due to a wonderful visit from my daughter. Now that she has gone home I was in the dumpster... I just went back to bed after she left. My water heater was broken and that added to my dumps, because a nice hot shower is reviving, but a cold one is depressing, unless it's voluntary. I almost went back to bed today, but then I decided to go through the ever mounting e-mail, and saw you'd been writing. Nothing like seeing that to awaken my spirit, then the hub was just about how I was feeling, unable to find the mood to write in. I need an Aha moment and here it is. I'm going to read the hub again, and then the one by "Violet". Thanks Sage, for coming to my emotional rescue, yet again...


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Faybe Bay - It's always nice to see you on my hubpages. I'm so glad that you had a wonderful visit with your daughter.

Sounds like that little voice inside knew exactly what you needed. I'm so glad that you chose to listen.

It makes me feel good that something I have written is just what someone else needed to read. Congrats on the Aha moment!

Sage


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sage: My heart was warmed when I read Faybe Bay's comments; you inspire as well, so thank you for this! :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Violet Sun - I think we might have started something. Thanks for stopping back.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Sage, this was really interesting, I do sometimes go into the zone, but not fully. The one time I did was amazing, I had written a letter to somebody and had the typewriter, an old electric one in front of me, and out of nowhere a poem just flowed through me and onto the page! I have no idea where it came from, and was surprised by the result. great hub, cheers nell


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Nell - You know exactly what I am talking about. Every poem that I have ever written was written that way. I cannot write a poem to save my life from my conscious mind. I am so glad that you have had this experience. So nice to see you thanks so much for stopping by.

Sage


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Meditation is a great way to slow down things. Even for 5 or 10 minutes - it can make a difference. Life can be intense when working all the time, and we can be more tired than we realise. In those quiet relaxing moments, the thoughts can flow more easily. We can see things clearer, with no interruptions or obstructions. It is hard to make time to push back against the "flow" of everyday life, but it's great when we can do it.

As a kid, I always kept a journal, and did my diary right up into the present. I find it a great way to take some scant minutes out of life to jot down a thought or note or idea. Writing is a habit, and we should make it a habit, if possible. It cannot ever be bad for us.

What I also find I need is someone I can bounce ideas off when needed. Some ideas can't develop on their own and need "help". Great hub. Cheers!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Cheeky Girl, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a positive comment. I do agree with everything you have said. Your imput is valuable. Nice to see you.

Sage


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wordscribe43 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

I love this hub, Sage. I've been thinking a lot about what my mindset is when I'm able to express myself successfully and creatively. I can somehow get myself into that imaginative world, like the one I had when I was a child before "life" got in the way. I used to spend hours in a forest behind my neighbors house and I can still remember how the world looked and felt then. I try to put myself back there, it really is almost like a meditative state. That's where my best writing originates. Anyway, nicely done hub.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this hub, good topic selection. But personally "writing in flow" is my type to make good hub. I love my imagination flow like a river. Very inspiring hub. I learn much from you. You still my favorite hubber. Vote up as usual.

Prasetio


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Wordscribe - It's so nice to see you on my hubpages once again. I can relate to your childhood and the forest as that's where I spent much of my time as a child. I always felt a very strong connection with nature. I used to walk for miles in the woods. I knew the woods like it was home. As an adult I can still find my way through in my mind.

Sage

Prasetio - You have a wonderful imagination. I must get over and read your hubs. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

Sage


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Sage, Good you're back my friend and this hub is always the kind of hub you will write - simply soothing to the mind and kind of like I want to try it. I agree with you, meditation helps a lot and it simply make you creative, Take care and keep on writing, Be well, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

H Maita - Thanks so much for your kind words and warm welcome. It's nice to have these connections again and feels good to be back.

Sage


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love this! What a great way to exercise your inner self and allow it to really inform you of what's going on inside you. This practice sounds like it's great for your spiritual side as well as for loosening up the old brain.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dolores - Your are so right, being mindful and listening with an open heart is a very spiritual practice. Anything can be your guide when your are open to receiving. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

Sage


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Seafarer Mama 6 years ago from New England

Enjoyed reading this hub. Voted up as both "awesome" and "beautiful." Love the pictures, which enhance the overall experience of your hub, and magnify the effects of your words. Thanks!

I engage in a spiritual creativity practice that is responsible for my writing a book this past year, and keeps me generating new material each day! It also inspires me toward creative endeavors in other areas of my life, too. :0) Hooray for mindfulness and meditation...and openness of heart. The wooded labyrinth on the property of my co-housing community is such a blessing to me.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Seafarer Mama - Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and kind words. Congratulations on your book. I must get over to check out your hubs. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

Sage


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh how true. This is the main reason I'm so grateful to be a writer. It makes me a more thoughtful and mindful mother, partner, daughter, sibling, friend and neighbor to reflect and carefully consider what I deliver to the public.

What a great topic. I love discovering wisdom through creative writing and mindfulness meditation. Peace and Love :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sage, This hub is wonderful and so helpful. I started writing when my health problems increased, particularly I get asthmatic bronchitis frequently, so I don't always feel really awful but am too short of breath for activity, thus the writing started. As you know I write many medical technical articles and have been thinking for sometime about moving into some fiction or other types of writing more often and this hub inspires me to do just that. I never have writers block as topics are endless in my opinion, but I think the technique you described would definitely open new doors. Thanks.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Katiem - It's nice to hear from others that practice mindfulness in their daily practice. Thanks for your wonderful comment.

Pamela - I am so happy that this hub has offered you some inspiration. You are a natural at writing. I do hope you try some of these techniques. Breaking structure is a good thing and will open new doors.

Sage


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Meditation is a great way to open your mind to creativity and helps you focus. Excellent hub, and advice that I will certainly entertain. Voted up, marked useful, awesome, bookmarked and shared.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

pmccray - I agree, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, vote up, book mark and share. As always it is nice to see you and your opinion is greatly appreciated.

Sage


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

"Aha Moments" or I call it serendipity. I like that. I had actually learned some valuable decisions as a result of this momentary pop-ups from my mind. Thanks for glorifying this most often unnoticed "aha" state of the mind. You're a fine writer. This is well-written and a good sharing. Thank you.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Lita - So nice to see you, thanks so much for stopping by. "Serendipity" is a great name, I love it! Your kind words mean so much, thank you.

Sage


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Your mediative writing reminds of the very first technique I learned in school about writing--"free writing." Writing whatever comes to your mind but yours go a step further. Thanks for the tips. Rated useful.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

anglnwu - Free writing, writing in flow, etc. etc. You're right pretty much the very same thing. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Sage


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey Sage, my tax accountant wondered why I wanted to deduct my bathroom and I said because I get most of my great ideas there. Just kidding, but I do find when I slow down and get in a quiet place it is easier to write. Although chocolate is a great runner-up. Thanks for the reminder and hope you are roller blading again soon. =:)


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Winsome - LOL, nice place to reflect. As for the roller blading I don't think it will be anytime soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Great to see you again.

Sage


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I love to discover wisdom through creative writing and writing in flow. I do that some times, after an incident triggered my thoughts and inspired me. It often happens when I am home alone, with quietness.

At other times, I like to do factual writings, after doing much research.

I am bookmarking this to read it again. Reading your writing is soothing to the soul.


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msorensson 5 years ago

She is one of my favorite authors in Shambhala Magazine when I used to subscribe to it. How wonderful that you had a chance to be in her workshops.

I did read that book Writing Down the Bones. Beautiful and inspiring hub. Thank you for sharing.


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Dear Sage, I am so happy to read this and I deeply understand, that is why I really don't do product writing, some folk will write only about the advertisers products. I love that flow of an idea and then giving birth to it. Something you see, feel or touch, the senses you know, I really love this hub and I really really miss you, I have seen you in a long time and I rate this up peace and love darski


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

wonderful and inspiring, thanks so much for sharing


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Ingeneria - So sorry to have taken so long to respond. Thanks so very much for leaving such a heartwarming comment on my hub. I am so happy that you enjoyed reading this hub.

msorensson - Nice to see that others are connected with Natalie Goldberg as well. I do hope that you will some day get to work with her as well. She is a brilliant writer.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I apologize for my delay in responding.

Darlene- So nice to see you again. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I miss everyone at hub pages.

Night Tag - Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this hub. I hope to find some time to do some reading soon.

My life has taken on a very different but beautiful turn. I do look forward to the day when I have time to write again at hub pages.

After doing some soul searching awhile back I decided to return to an earlier part of my life where I was most happiest.(working with abused children). I have taken on an infant who was severely abused and has had some very serious medical issues. She has been with me for 3 months and is healing quite nicely.

I am so blessed that our paths have crossed and she has come into my life. It has been a miracle the way that everything came into play. I look forward to the day that I can write about her. She is my sunshine and fills the whole in my heart.

For the first time in my life I feel completely at peace.

Many Thanks - Sage


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Informative hub , thanks.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

ImChemist - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

Sage


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Sage, I enjoyed this reminder to write when the mind is ready. Rollerblades? Cool. Good to see you glowing and flowing again. All my best. =:)


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Winsome, thanks so much for stopping by sorry that I haven't responded sooner. I have been very busy and don't very often have the time to check for comments. I want so badly to start writing again but am not there just yet.

Thanks again,

Sage


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

I really enjoyed this hub Sage - You have such a positive energy that is the essence of writing creatively and why sometimes I am able to write so passionately without stopping - other times, I am just not there & I can't write a word!

I look forward to learning more, especially about some of your meditation techniques! Thank you for sharing this very powerful insight.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Chatkath - Such a beautiful comment, thanks so much. Please forgive my delay in responding as you can see it's been awhile since I have checked in.

Many thanks,

Sage


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Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

I enjoyed reading your article; I found it interesting and informative.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Hi Coolmon,

Sorry for the delay in responding, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It is greatly appreciated.

Sage


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

i am almost a fan of meditation as i mentioned but your way of acknowledgement gave me a new criteria also.....go on writing and thanks!


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

wow this hub is capturing the attention of readers because of the freshness of the subject that never dies out. Wisdom through creative writing is very real, and have discovered myself from writing, creatively, and journals. Once I started the process I found myself discovering answering to questions about myself.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

moneycop - Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. It is greatly appreciated.

adrienne2 - So glad to hear that you also share a love for creative writing. And yes, I agree with you, what better way to peel back the layers and discover one's true self. Thanks for stopping by your comment is greatly appreciated.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Very good advice, writing with the flow, allowing your mind to harness the wisdom that can come during moments of quiet. Thanks for sharing and rated up.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

anglnwu - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. So nice to see you once again!

Sage


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautiful hub! I love writing in the zone--and you describe it so well--


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Sage Williams 4 years ago Author

Audrey,

So nice to find someone that shares this same experience and understands so completely. Thanks for taking the time.

sage


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lctodd1947 11 months ago from USA

I can't believe I did not leave a comment 5 years ago. I have also written like this, but probably not as well as you have explained. You are very good at what you do. Thanks for publishing.

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