WRITING PROMPT: Darkness covers me when I’m cold…

Darkness covers me when I'm cold...

WRITING PROMPT: A missing shoe…

WRITING TIP: Commit to what surprises even you

“There is one path in the world that none can walk but you,” wrote Friedrich Nietzche. “Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk!” This original path through life can be difficult to stay with when it challenges our sense of belonging and safety, and the same is true in our writing. Some questions to ponder: Are you writing a story or poem or argument that has already been written by your conditioned mind, already sanctioned by your social group, already accepted by your conscious, fearful mind, or are you walking the path, open to finding the true and new story, poem, or idea as you go? There is no easy answer to this question, but the awareness we might get from reflecting on it just might be the check we need to stay on our own path and reach the surprising conclusion authentic to us. As writers, this is our real gift to the world.

WRITING PROMPT: The tiny gods…

The tiny gods...

WRITING PROMPT: A grave of dreams…

A grave of dreams...

WRITING PROMPT: You are with the friend now…

you are with the friend now...

WRITING TIP: Tempted to put off writing?

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Creative work that asks us to extend ourselves beyond our normal limits is harder than scrolling through Facebook or shopping for mustard. Here’s why it matters which we choose to focus on: If we are given the impulse to write, whether to better understand ourselves or to communicate from a place of depth with others, this is an impulse toward contributing to the soul of the world, and it matters far more than the things most of us do instead. “My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely,” Mary Oliver wrote in Upstream. “It does not include mustard, or teeth. It does not extend to the lost button, or the beans in the pot. My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. If I have a meeting with you at three o’clock, rejoice if I am late. Rejoice even more if I do not arrive at all.”

WRITING PROMPT: Those who listen…

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WRITING PROMPT: Dare to inhabit…

WRITING PROMPT: Whatever happened to…

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