Writing In Joy & Wellness

Seed Your Dreams with  Intention and Gratitude 

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Allow your sleeping and dreaming unconscious mind, body and spirit to become an essential creative resource, inspirational partner and problem-solver.

Remember, feel, visualize, and or think about what has been exciting you, scaring you, worrying you, confusing you, and or blocking your creative time, space, and opportunities. Choose one of these. Quieten and say goodnight lovingly and gently to the others & seed your dreams with the one you have chosen to seed your dreams with. Ask going into dreaming self with loving gratitude to take care of  your scary maybe or writing conundrum while you sleep restfully and problem solve in your dreaming. And let all of them go into the night as you breathe into sleep.

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Practice Writing in Joy!

Morning Write

7 am-9 am  (or your morning hours preference)

  • What is before you to write today? 10 min                     7:10 am
  • Write 30 min                                                                          7:40 am
  • Read Out Loud To yourself  10 min                                   7:50 am
  • Revise & write 30 min.                                                          8:20 am
  • Write notes for next steps in the writing 10 min.           9:00 am

Self–Care: Make time to eat a healthily as you desire for yourself, drink water, coffee or tea, take a walk or go to the gym, find a great spot at home or at a library or at a local coffee shop to write. Yes, take care of your family and work chores and obligations andpreserve a daily writing practice time as a dedicated and secured time for your creative self. 

Daily–Weekly–Biweekly Writing Practices

  • Read critically in the genres that feed your writing
  • Write critically about what you read. At least one double spaced page for each book you read.
  • Attend readings and lectures
  • Take classes & workshops
  • Send your work out into the world, yes, get your work published.
  • Consume writing publications, Poets and Writers is an example. Look for writing opportunities, such as, conferences, retreats, readings, lectures, and places to send your work for possible publication and writing and learning opportunities.

If you don’t already have on, decide on a regular daily writing and make your own format that best suits you and your writing.   

Create a Solitary Practice in Community:

Sustain your writing partner(s) with consistent face to face contact or by phone or Skype or Email or by  snail mail. Be open to fining other writing  writing partners and writing community

  • Learn from, get and receive support for your writing and your writing self,
  • Share your work, get your writing workshopped in environments that are maximally supportive of your writing and your creative self.

Where’s the Joy you ask?

It is in the going down into dreaming

In the just before coming to wakefulness

In the remembered sound or scent or voice or shape or movement that finds itself finely rendered on the page

In the child’s voice come to life or a mother’s or father or lovers

or something evil and, just maybe, a malevolent voice or vision that refused to be seen and known before you created it on the page

It is in the perfect description of wind on water or dry lightning or the scent of tea cake or gardenias or the taste of ripe just picked strawberries or the sweat ringing the armpits of a laborer or the quiet breathing of a sleeping child

It is in the listener or reader smiling nodding their heads in understanding, memory roused, and connection made fast

It is in gasps breath as they see, hear, feel the danger or the terrible truth about to be revealed

In is in capturing a truth about a place, a time, a person, a people, things that matter

It is in writing the perfect sentence or paragraph or chapter

It is being our writer selves

Writing into what word, thought, emotion, or sensation or what can or will happen next…..

Be in Writing Joy!

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A Writer’s Life Wellness and Teaching Practice

A Writer’s Life is a writing wellness and teaching practice serving emerging and established writers who are published, working toward being published, and who are not thinking about publishing yet. Some of us writers don’t truly know and understand ourselves to be writers when we truly are. Some of us have years of stories that never get told or put on paper. Some of us get the writing on paper, but not completed or revised or edited or finished with a tight amount of author satisfaction. Some of us have a book within us that is waiting for us to allow tit to come through us into the world outside of us. Some of us are ready or getting ready to enrich ourselves with a writing community, support, and teachers that will allow us to embrace our writer’s life. 

Writing and Wellness Practices 

Do you want to write your stories, poems, essays–write someone else’s story–explore your writing and lived experience–gain insight about how your creative mind, emotions, and process works? Make note of everything that appears to be an impediment to bringing your writing into full, powerful, and productive being. Develop tools, practices, and communities that support you and your work. Turn your writing into powerful and effective essays, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 

Writing Practice  

Learn, refresh your learning, deepen your learning of creative writing craft elements, and apply them to your writing. Write creatively, effectively and productively. Read and critique other participant’s writing and  have your writing critiqued in an environment that provides feedback that upports your writing to its best version.  

Writing Workshop 

Share your work with Writing Practice Co-learners. Provide feedback on the pages of their work before the workshop. During the workshop give and receive feedback from co-learners with the sole purpose of supporting the writing to be its best version. Read from published writing from the course reader, read other students’ writing, examine craft elements, and have a combined discussion of the readings and craft elements for the purpose of improving the writing. Present your own writing to class to be workshopped by peers who will examine craft elements and discuss the writing and writing craft for the purpose of making the writing better.

Writing Practice and Writing Workshop are combined in three hour sessions. 

A Writer’s Life Writing Camp 

In Writer’s Camp you will write intensively over a period of three days mixing writing and sharing your work toward a specific writing goal.

 

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