Your free and fun passion fruit writing workshop starts Tuesday. (You can read more about this dream-rescue project here.)
You want to get ready to really leverage this writing event. It’s an incredible opportunity for you to access your true life force inside you, and get a stronger feeling for your authentic gifts and preferences.
The main thing you want to do is to make sure you stop by Mixonian Tuesday, and every day after that, so you can see what else you can do with the writing exercise and what’s going on with the other people involved. If you want to know when the updates are posted, you can subscribe on the lower right side of this blog.
It’s structured in small bits because I don’t want anyone to get overwhelmed. And on that note, I welcome any suggestions.
You also want to schedule time for this. It’s a small investment of time — and it’s all about you. (Finally!)
This is not only a step-by-step writing strategy, it is also a conversation. The experience for all is made richer by your comments, input, and questions. Please share by writing comments at the bottom. If you prefer to use a pen-name, that is fine, too.
Week One: Discover and define your life themes.
The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say but what we are unable to say. Anais Nin
You may think that before you write, you need to know what to say. That is probably the biggest misconception about writing. Barbara Ueland has it right – it is fun to write down fun and crazy things, like pretending you’ve just had lunch with Julia Cameron and how it went. Or writing a list of 20 things you want to do this year. Or writing down the names you picked out for your future children when you were 9 years old. (I was going to have a son named John Ashley.)
There are all sorts of fun things you can create through writing in your journal – and don’t let the word “journal” put you off. Any sort of notepad or notebook with work. The act of writing is creative and therapeutic at the same time. At the risk of sounding like a college professor, I’d say writing is generative – it actually gives future life to thoughts and ideas in your mind.
To begin Passion Fruit Writing, you’re going to identify some themes that thread through your life. Remember looking at the themes of novels in your English classes? Finding the layers of meaning in a film? You’re going to locate the themes that fascinate and excite you by looking at your favorite stories, and remember what really attracted you to certain genres, actors, plot lines, and so forth.
Don’t worry, it’s super easy. Check in Tuesday for your first exercise. Enjoy!