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.
Some reasons why folks 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?
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 your perspective.
Think about the people who need to hear what you have to say, and you’ll be the writer you need to be.
Here’s what happened…
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 personal 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 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 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 the transformation of the incredible human being you are.
Hop over to my Facebook Page and let me know what came up while you were reading this post. I’m curious.
Photo credit: Dreamstime.com