Transformational Writing

Recently, I led a writing workshop and was met with sighs and groans when I invited everyone to prepare for our first writing experience of the day.

Really?

Why was there opposition to doing writing at a writing workshop? I was puzzled, yet not surprised. We are all gifted with creativity in various capacities. However, the Inner Critic is very quick to point out where we feel the most vulnerable. Writing is a sore spot for many people.

I often hear one of the following about why people don’t like to write:

  • I’ve never been good at writing, and my teachers (or parents, or another authority figure) all said so.
  • I can never think of anything to say.
  • Who would want to hear what I have to say anyway?
  • What if people don’t like what I have to say?
  • What if people won’t like me after I’ve said what I want to say?

Sound familiar?

To all of those comments, I have just one thing to say:  Write anyway!

It’s your story, and only you can share it from the inside out.

Unfortunately, there are those who will not like what you have to say. Do you like everyone and what everyone has to say? No. Well, I rest my case.

Think about the people who need to hear what you have to say, and you’ll be the writer you need to be.

As far as not knowing what to say, I’ll take you back to the writing workshop.

Umm. Ok, I guess I’ll play along. The first five-minute writing experience received a tepid response. I intended to plant the seed of possibility and prime the pump of the imagination for the next writing experience.

Yeah. That was interesting, and I’m intrigued. After the second five-minute writing experience, participants shared how this time they were surprised where their pen took them as they listened to their heart speaking to them.

We discussed the richness of hearing what you sub-conscious wants to tell us when we establish a consistent opportunity to show up on the page. And you create your own writing practice just the way you’d go about learning any other new skill by being consistent and dedicated to a goal.

Wow! That was amazing! Now, this is the part I absolutely love. The group asked for a third five-minute writing experience and shared how the messages from their soul with this writing was transformational! Yes, one of the participants did use the word transformational. And she indicated that the whole workshop had impacted more than her writing…she was thinking differently about her life!

And that, my friends, is exactly why I do what I do. My mission is to support you to unleash your story worth writing so that you can have the impact you are meant to have on the world. Writing is the tool we use. My hidden agenda is that you take that tool and rewrite the story holding you back. And write a new story of transformation where you make the difference you are here to make on the world. 

Hop over to my Facebook Page and let me know what came up while you were reading this post. I’m curious.

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About Mary E. Knippel

Mary E Knippel, Writer Unleashed and the founder of Your Writing Mentor supports women to take pen in hand to unleash their story worth writing...to leverage their impact through their stories...reclaim their voices...to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine from the start...and go from making dinner to making a difference. Contact her at mary (at) yourwritingmentor.com.