December means living by deadline. Will I get the tree up, cookies baked, concerts attended, cards out, gifts bought, and love shared by December 25th? It’s a race against the clock with the days between now and then a blur.

Carving out writing time is hard enough and triply challenging in jam-packed December. During hectic times, I like to jump-start my creative writing practice with the Present Moment writing prompt to pull me back to today, to notice what is rich and savory about this. Very. Minute.

I dubbed my Present Moment practice from my morning, “The Sounds of Morning,” and it is simply a list of my noticings:  The coffee pot being rinsed out and filled anew. ESPN on the TV, turned low. School bus rumbling down the street.  Dog barking at random passers-by. Dishwasher opening, cup going in.

I love the practice because of how it makes me stop and notice my now. It helps push me into the flow of abundance and jettison the panic feeling of projecting too far ahead.

Bring your mind to right now.  You there yet?


For fifteen minutes, write about the present moment. What do you feel? Hear? See?  Really pay attention to the details of right now and let that flow onto your paper, feeling with it a release of any tension associated with future to-dos and deadlines.  As always, take time to comment on and encourage others in their writing!

Marianne Richmond
I'm Marianne Richmond—writer, artist and inspirationalist. My words have touched millions over the past two decades through my children's books and gift products.
Basically I put love into words and help you connect with the people + moments that matter. You can find me on my website, Facebook, and Twitter (@M_Richmond21).
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