By Daryenne Wickliffe
I can speak to the power of attraction, the amazing happening of manifestations, using Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life and my preemptive awareness as my example. I noticed that when I begin to think about what I want, little breadcrumbs quickly gather around me, showing me the way to my wish. About a month ago, I began wondering about manifesting and wanted help, something to help me channel and manifest my bigger dreams. I had no idea where to start looking. A couple weeks later, I agreed to review this book, not sure exactly what it was about, besides “attracting the creative life.” A week and a half later, I opened up Lawton and Rosenfeld’s text and laughed. Not only was it exactly what I asked for, it’s fine-tuned to a craft, and life, I’m pursuing.
Write Free helps writers, and anyone who wants to realize their creative life, shed the crippling self that stops their bright creative light from shining through. The bright light acts like a magnet, helping you attract everything you desire. Rebecca Lawton and Jordan Rosenfeld explain the power of attraction and suddenly, it becomes reasonable to dream and, consequently, easier to act. Separated into four parts, the book guides you through, at your own pace, a retreat. Your main responsibilities are to be receptive and to participate; Lawton and Rosenfeld lead you through the rest. They help you shed negativity and accept positivity in its place. They ask you to dream in stark honesty about the smallest of things, like a boisterous neighbor’s dog finally silenced during your writing hour, to the most fantastical, like a book-movie deal so incredible you can buy that million-dollar mansion you’ve had your eye on. Finally, you accept the good that comes and learn to write freely without the worries or doubts that plagued you before.
When I began working through the text, I felt gratitude and excitement. The exercises are accessible and don’t overwhelm. The three exercises per chapter beckon you forward, without a deadline or pressure. I did the first few, hoping to get a good grasp on how I felt in order to reflect in this review. I completed the first few exercises and felt lighter, everything around me more pleasant, more exciting. With a deadline looming, though, and space in my journal less available than I thought, I felt my negativity pushing out my positivity. I finally thought, why not read it first, cover to cover? The exercises will be here when I open the book again. Immediately, I felt like I could focus on the wisdom and advice Lawton and Rosenfeld offered.
As I continued, I realized that writers really do share a pool of common issues. I fall into the self-doubt end. I overthink the words as I write, worried about if they are good enough. Then, I ask myself terrible questions: Should I be writing? Is this the right decision? Am I qualified? Will everyone approve what I’m doing? When the timer sounds or I hit a wall, what I’ve written is so colored with doubt and insecurity, nothing is viable, and the answer to my questions is no. In the near future, with this book and my journal in tow, at the first signs of angst, I will feel Rebecca and Jordan (we seem close after my reading) right behind me, nodding and smiling, pointing to their book, encouraging me to let go of these preoccupations and continue writing.
After reading the last page and perusing the suggested reading section, I finished the book feeling excitement and anticipation to start again. I better understand the importance of taking my time and enjoying the exercises. I made the right call and can only suggest a willingness to take your time when you open Write Free. In life you don’t always know the end result. Reading Write Free, I am ready to begin working through each page, knowing a more positive person with channeled and focused thoughts and dreams waits for me on the other side.
I’ve had a few pivotal moments that I can point to that have placed me at my desk now, writing and revising this review, 49 days into a Continuous Practice, working on short stories and studying technique books. The texts that go with these moments make up my, “How to be a Writer Starter Kit.” The Alchemist pointed me in the direction of accepting my dream of being a writer, The War of Art is keeping me on track to become a writer, and now, Write Free is teaching me how to see myself as a writer, and how to net the milestones I too easily disqualify myself from.
With Write Free at my side, I look forward to attracting not only a creative life, but baiting (and reeling in!) the small and large goals that will come my way. Looking out to the horizon of my ambition, I know I will often return to Write Free, repeating exercises and smiling at how much I’ve grown, with the incredibly selfless help of Lawton and Rosenfeld. All the chapters will continue to be “reminders that [my] life is a manifestation of the energy [I] flow.” Even through bad and negative days, Write Free will keep me anchored, allowing me not to drift too far from the opportunities headed straight toward me.
Daryenne Wickliffe is a writer currently residing in Santa Clara, California. She is excited to have the freedom to explore her writing capabilities, and happy to be a work in progress. Instagram: @daryennewrites