The good writing weather has appeared. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo great. If you’re not, but still writing, great. The important thing is that you’re making writing goals and working towards them.
Regular bi-monthly workshop session this Sunday (Nov. 11th — Happy Veterans’ Day!), 3 p.m. at the North Bend Library Meeting Room. Please let me know if a) you plan to attend; b) if you want a regular workshop or a chance to just write. I have a lesson plan, but will go with the group’s desires for this months. So, respond to this email with your attendance intent and what you’d like to happen in our session. Thank you.
We’re still working on the Recovering a Sense of Strength from Week 8 in The Artist’s Way. Here’s this week’s tasks (continued form last Wednesday): (Suggestion…you can use these exercises to add to your word count…)
2. New Child hood: What might you have been if you’d had perfect nurturing? Write a page of this fantasy childhood. What were you given? Can you re-parent yourself in that direction now?
3. Color Schemes: Pick a color and write a quick few sentences describing yourself in the first person. (“I am silver, high-tech and ethereal the color of dreams and accomplishment the color of half-light and in between, I feel serene.” Or “I am read, I am passion, sunset, anger, blood, wine and roses, armies, murder, lust, and apples.” What is your favorite color? What do you have that is that color? What about an entire room? This is your life and your house.
4. List five things you are not allowed to do: kill your boss, scream in church, go outside naked make a scene, quit your job. Now do that thing on paper. Write it, draw it, paint it, act it out, collage it. Now put some music on and dance it.
5. Style Search: List twenty things you like to do (perhaps the same twenty you listed before, perhaps not.) Answer these questions for each item: a) does it cost money or is it free; b) expensive or cheap; c) alone or with somebody; d) job related; e) physical risk; f) fast-paced or slow; g) mind, body, or spiritual?
We will continue this section of exercises next week. Continue to journal — remember, it’s important because if you can’t tell yourself your own story (what you are doing when you journal) you won’t be able to tell anyone else’s (fiction or otherwise), continue to treat yourself to artist’s dates, continue to get some inspirational reading time.
Now your moment of Writing Zen:
“I cannot expect even my own art to provide all the answers — only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.” ~ Grace Hartigan
What did you Write today?
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