Why We Write: Naomi Shihab Nye

I adore how this poet’s invitation to write three lines down in a notebook every day speaks to December’s theme of TRUST.

“If you write three lines down in a notebook every day (they don’t have to be great or important, they don’t have to relate to one another, you don’t have to show them to anyone)... you will find out what you notice. Uncanny connections will be made visible to you. That’s what I started learning when I was 12, and I never stopped learning it.”  

~Naomi Shihab Nye

Have fun noticing what you notice!

And TRUST the clarity, connections, wisdom, and shifts waiting to be discovered through surrendered, goalless writing.

With Love,






Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:


writing prompt

Write 3 lines.


1). Grab a pen + notebook. Write the prompt at the top of the page. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!

2). Keep your pen moving as you write the thoughts, feelings, and images that arise. Don’t stop to think or edit. Don’t try to stay on “topic.” Follow where the prompt takes you.

3). Accept ALL that you write -- the pretty + ugly; absurd + boring. Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...


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