"I can't write."

When I share with people that I teach writing as a practice, I can’t tell you how many times I hear one of these 3 responses: 

  • “I can’t write.” 
  • “I’m not a writer.” 
  • “I’m not creative.” (thinking that free-flow writing is the same as creative writing).

I get it. I shared last week in Creativity & Free-Flow Writing that I didn't feel like a "real" writer even while earning a living as a writer for 16 years. And I didn't feel like a "truly" creative person until free-flow writing practice opened for me a new understanding and relationship to creativity.

So, I DO get it.

AND... I'm here to share a few perspectives about free-flow writing and creativity that may free you, as well:

  • To the “I’m not a writer / I can’t write” people, I want to say something similar that a singing teacher said to me: “If you can talk, you can sing.” Similarly, If you can think, feel, and sense; if you can notice what’s alive in and around you, you can free-flow write! In fact, free-flow writing isn’t really writing. It’s more like taking dictation. You're a stenographer. You write down the thoughts, feelings, sensations, and images that arise, judgement free.
  • To the “I’m not creative” people, I want to say, “Not a problem because free-flow writing isn’t the same as creative writing." It's true that free-flow writing QUICKLY connects us to creative-flow and our authentic voice (when we surrender!) But we don’t worry one tiny little bit about writing “well” or “creatively” or in a certain “style” in free-flow writing.

As Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman says, 

“In the journal, you are not trying to be artistic. You are simply expressing energy. The journal mirrors you – you are trying to see who you are.”

I also want to scream from the mountaintops: “You can’t NOT be creative. It’s who you ARE.” Says Mathew Fox in his book, Creativity:

“Creativity may be the nearest one-word definition we possess for the essence of our humanity, for the true meaning of ‘soul.’” 

And remember last week's gem from creativity researcher, Scott Barry Kaufman: 

“Creative expression is self-expression. Creativity is nothing more than an individual expression of your needs, desires & uniqueness.” 

Writing what’s true and real and alive in the moment -- your needs, desires, and uniqueness -- what a POWERFUL + JOYFUL creative act, available to each of us.

With love,

Want to write?
Take a pen & prompt journey:

writing prompt

In this moment...

Grab a pen & notebook. Write the prompt at the top of the page. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Or 5. Or 2!

Keep your pen moving as you write the thoughts, emotions, sensations, and surroundings alive in the moment. Don’t stop to think or edit.

Accept ALL that you write - the pretty & ugly; absurd & boring. Discover what wants to be felt, known, expressed, released...