deep play
EVERY TWO WEEKS, I send out a writing tip and three soul-inviting prompts as inspiration for you to freewrite, either alone with your timer or in a gathering of writer friends. The resulting deep play opens up whole new landscapes of creative possibility for our writing and our lives. If you are new to this kind of writing practice, have a look at the freewriting principles. And to take your writing to the next level, check out the mentoring sessions I offer, which are helpful whether you are working on a book or just beginning to find your voice.   [read more]

WRITING TIP: Embrace focus and solitude…

WRITING TIP: Embrace focus and solitude.
Want to access something beneath the surface noise? Don’t allow enticing distractions to dominate your life. To create we need uninterupted time — focussed and solitary. Take it from poet Mary Oliver, who says that our creative work “needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart — to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.” Would you be willing to commit to a space without beeping phones or cute cat pictures? A solitary space devoted to cultivating something rare and precious: an opening to the creative truths you were meant to birth into language. Even 10 or 20 minutes of freewriting a day will create a portal for life to come through.

WRITING PROMPT: Subversive retreat…

WRITING PROMPT: Subversive retreat...

WRITING PROMPT: A story factory…

WRITING PROMPT: A story factory...

WRITING PROMPT: The space between…

WRITING PROMPT: The space between...

WRITING TIP: Draw on feeling more than thought

Writing tip: Draw on feeling more than thought...
To write from the soul means accessing the place where your particular humanness meets universal truth. Tuning into feeling and sensing will bring you there much more reliably than tuning into thoughts, beliefs and convictions. American poet ee cummings gives wise counsel on this: “Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself. To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” And what are you fighting for? A soulful life, freed from conditioning, living as you are suited to live, aligned with what most resonates with your depths.

WRITING PROMPT: A painted backdrop…

Writing prompt: A painted backdrop...

WRITING PROMPT: Beneath what is known…

Writing prompt: Beneath what is known...

WRITING PROMPT: Footsteps in reverse…

writing prompt: footsteps in reverse...

WRITING TIP: Form an intimate relationship with your subject

WRITING TIP
Writing soulfully requires intimacy — with yourself and with your subject. As in any intimate relationship, to get close to and understand your subject requires time and care. Try taking Rachel Carson’s advise (which might also work with a friend you want to be closer to): “The writer must never attempt to impose himself upon his subject. He must not try to mold it according to what he believes his readers or editors want to read. His initial task is to come to know his subject intimately, to understand its every aspect, to let it fill his mind. Then at some turning point the subject takes command and the true act of creation begins. … The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.”

WRITING PROMPT: I forget to listen…

WRITING TIP: I forget to listen...