Our instructor at the writer’s workshop I’m attending-- a petite blonde novelist who has a wonderful habit of scrubbing her face with both hands when she’s making a point--is listing seven steps to take when revising your writing.
As she speaks, I have one of those “Aha!” moments, and I burst out, “Those are the same steps I took in my post-divorce therapy!”
The class laughs. But if revision means to re-vision--that is, to see differently--why shouldn’t the revision of one’s life parallel the revising of a written story?
After all, your life is your story.
Here are the seven steps:
- Be willing to change the way you see.
- Drop all previously held opinions, judgments, and beliefs.
- Step back and look at the bigger picture.
- Relax. (This might include meditation).
- Activate your intuition. (Is your subconscious speaking to you through dreams?)
- Invite higher ideas.
- Allow your new vision to emerge.
If you’re going through one of life’s transition periods, will these steps work for you?