WRITING TIP: Contact your wild soul

freewritingThere is a part of all of us that is untamed by life — sovereign as a lion. To contact this part of us in our writing produces power and originality, insight and depth. But how do we contact it? We can take a clue from Parker Palmer, who wrote, “The soul is like a wild animal – tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.”