"I Get It -- Why We Do This"
Last Saturday I facilitated the Vegas Summer WTG Circle.
Lynda said, "I wish pens had spell check."
"Why do you give a shit about spelling?" I laughed, reminding everyone that in free-flow writing, we get to ignore writing rules such as correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, or writing in complete sentences.
In free-flow writing, you have permission to rebel against writing correct and proper english and write what wants to be written!
And yet, in the several years I've been facilitating writing circles, I've noticed that ignoring writing conventions is one of the hardest free-flow writing guidelines to follow by many women.
It makes sense if you think about it.
We're conditioned in school, from a very young age, to value neat handwriting and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar over expressing something that's real and true.
It's hard to release this conditioning.
We wrapped up the 90-minute circle with a 2-minute 'In this moment...' Here's what Jennifer wrote:
In this moment I am in awe of Mary Oliver. In this moment I am glad that Tina didn't have the opportunity to go to her computer and look up how to spell Kahlil Gibran, because if she had she might not have remembered or felt compelled to write about the beauty of her children's eyes. In this moment I feel so connected and present, and I get it - why we do this.
Here's to writing what's real and true,
and exquisite noticing,
and deep connection.
And here's to steeping in summer poetry.
This is the beginning of 'Heron Rises,' the Mary Oliver poem I shared in Circle:
is the long-necked, long-bodied heron,
always it is a surprise
when her smoke-colored wings
and she turns
from the thick water,
from the black sticks
of the summer pond,
rises into the air
and is gone.
Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:
Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!
Write whatever arises in your thoughts, feelings, and sensations.
Don’t stop to think or edit - keep your pen moving.
Accept ALL that you write - the pretty & ugly; absurd & boring.
Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...