Writing

Want to be a creative writer? Get out your crayons.

Want to be a creative writer? Get out your crayons.

If you're reading this, you're drawn to adventures of the written word. You love to read, and you're either writing…or dreaming of it.

You know that writing is so much more than telling an entertaining story. It's something you do to connect, to express yourself, yes.

But writing is also something deeper, something you do only for yourself, something transformative. Something fun. A place you go, a refuge.

These are the things that are so true, you barely need to think about them. So what if today we talked about a much less intuitive part of your writing process?

Something that might you might be missing out on as a writer—whether you’ve been writing for decades or are just trying to work up the courage to start.

Today we’ll explore why, as someone who loves to write, you may need to grab your crayons and some messy paint—and explore your visual side.

What Creative Projects Are Pulling You? (+ a real-life example and great children's literature)

What Creative Projects Are Pulling You? (+ a real-life example and great children's literature)

What creative projects are pulling you?

You may already know that I’m right in the middle of a creative project--a creative journaling workbook. It’s something I’m writing with a few of you in mind (thank you for all of your help and inspiration).  It’s a project to help you not just find your words, but to give yourself permission to write for self-expression, in a creative way, for fun, for yourself or for someone you love. One of the topics we’ll go into is when a subject, a passion, or a project tugs at you quietly.  And how to recognize that silent, gravitational pull you might feel toward creating something.

It might just be that you want to finally write a story and feel good about it. Or simply that you want to feel more like yourself when you write. Some of us are secretly turning books over in our heads (If you’re wondering if I mean you specifically, then the answer is probably yes--and myself too). That memoir, that story from your family, a novel, a collection of poetry...or a story for your children..

Creative Constraints: rewriting your limitations with your creative journal.

Creative Constraints: rewriting your limitations with your creative journal.

We can’t always create despite our limitations. Sometimes we have to create with them.

In some stories, we don’t climb the mountain, defeat what’s ‘holding us back,’ and emerge victorious.

Some constraints are not to be defeated. They may be precious: lovely, down-haired creatures who wake us feverish and sniffling in the night. Some are simply part of us: limitation and gift bundled wired right into our neural pathways. And then there are those human limits that are, simply, non-negotiable.

Maybe the question is not how to escape these constraints. Or even how we could have created if only…

Sometimes the question is simply, how to create with these (human) conditions?

If you’ve ever felt like your creative endeavors were drifting beyond your grasp and that limitations loomed too large in your life, then this is for you. (And it’s also for me--because it’s full of everything I have to remember as well).