How does writing every day (or intending to), affect your sense of your creative self, your communication skills, your sense of motivation?
Leona Rehm’s post on December 7th caused a warm electric shiver in me from head to toe! It captured the foundational themes, issues and beliefs that so many reticent writers have. It is also why this Group exists: as a face to face meeting for those who can, as the Community Blog space to share and overcome these themes, as a proactive solution for the individual (who may also be a business owner) who wants to enjoy and embrace and excel at writing for themselves confidently!
My mentors include both well-known and not so well known people. Long before I knew of Julia Cameron or Natalie Goldberg or Brenda Euland and many others I have discovered as an adult, my Writing Self was caused by a contemplative little girl that “had to write to work out concerns” who lived in me.
Then came my 9th grade English Teacher, John Calvin Dotson. He took an interest in me that has never waned. He is a masterful writer of many forms: essays, poems, plays, memoir, biographies of his mentors and more. He is a life time student of langauge itself and storytelling and painting pictures. Best of all he believed in me 100% and told me so, often. Through the years I had him for English, Creative Writing and Speech. After high school he and I stayed in touch and he continued to encourage me.
Who has supported, inspired and encouraged you? (…besides me…that is part of this community?)
The Contributors/Authors of this blog are exquisite in my eyes for a multitude of reasons. I watched and read as “fear and hesitation” left and “creativity and the spirit of spontaneity” entered. I watched writers emerge from cocoons. I heard that writing daily improved moods and Google rankings! I experienced people developing their tone and style and sharing not only who they are and what they did for a livelihood but who they authentically are.
The experiment was about developing the stamina and drive and genuine enthusiasm to write frequently as whole selves: 100 plus words at least five times weekly.
In November 240 posts were published.
WELL over 100,000 words collectively!
And the themes numbered 33 +.
And there was “dialogue” through comments as well as post ideas created from what was published.
Creativity sparked creativity. Activity sparked activity. Dialogue sparked deeper dialogue.
The community of writers as a whole stretched and grew and took some risks for they felt encouraged and supported.
What exactly are you able to say is different for you now?
December before us we talked about what now and what next. Round Two is about continuing to stretch and grow and set personal goals, incorporate writing for our businesses even more, commenting even more and exploring further this thing called writing that can take on a life of its own. I invite you to PAUSE and take inventory before you dismiss November and look ahead into December and ask yourself the following:
WHAT specifically happened for you?
WHAT specifically made the difference?
WHAT is your new story about how enjoyable or useful blogging can be?
WHAT lessons have you learned from others?
I look forward to reading each and every comment left here or emailed directly! I would though encourage you to share, in writing, your responses, HERE. Why?
It will inspire others who find this space and place of a blog!
Deborah Drake – Catalyst and Enthusiastic Facilitator
Authentic Writing Provokes
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Cultivating your self-expression in authentic ways is my dharma. I never tire of catalyzing that part of you!