A Life Lesson through Improv Writing

The rough draft of this article was hand written on the
back of an art class flyer.
I write almost on everything.  On the back of receipts, fliers, and scrap paper is where I usually scribble down my notes.  I don't keep a fancy journal.  It's rumored that famous writers Bruce Chatwin and Ernest Hemingway favored to write in moleskine notebooks.  That's cool for them, but that's not my style.  I don't have a fancy desk where I compose and edit.  Wherever I'm at, that's where I write.  At the breakfast table, living room floor, in the car, or wherever I'm eating lunch is where I put words to paper.  I let life inspire me by allowing myself to be present in every day interactions and not restricting myself to isolation.  Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, or whenever I get a free moment, I write.

This is also my way of teaching myself  to do the best I can with what I have.  It's a lesson I try to teach my students daily through setting an example.  Life won't always give me the perfect conditions for writing (or anything else really), so I must be flexible.  The ability to improvise and adjust to any situation is an advantageous life skill.  Professional athletes always have to adjust to their opponent, playing field (home court advantage is a real factor), and how they mentally/physically/emotionally feel that day.  It applies to businesspeople, emergency room doctors, police officers, lawyers, and teachers.  It's a trait that enables people to be successful in any walk of life.

For me, this daily writing obstacle course is my way of training myself to tackle everything life throws at me.  If I can make the best of any circumstance, who knows what I'll be able to accomplish.

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