Free-Write Friday: August 1, 2014

Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones is the go-to book on how to free-write, and it, with Bird by Bird and Writing from the Heart are fabulous for encouraging a new or experienced writer.

Meeting Nancy Slonim Aronie at Chilmark Writing Workshops taught me writing can be done, and maybe done best, IN community. Writing need not be a solitary (or only solitary) practice, art or passion.

One of the prompts Nancy gave was “Making Out” and it is great because one can writing about kissing, making money or luck of all kinds. I’m going to share a variation of it today.

Prompt: Making Due

Go where you want with it and remember:

1., keep the hands moving once you’ve started

2. don’t stop til you’ve spent ten to fifteen minutes (or more) writing.

If you are interested in how some of the Writing from the Heart students answered prompts, or need some prompts to get your writing, go to this years old blog of free-writing here.

I hope you allow yourself some time to write this weekend!

You Matter Mantras

  • Trauma sucks. You don't.
  • Write to express not to impress.
  • It's not trauma informed if it's not informed by trauma survivors.
  • Breathing isn't optional.

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  1. My fifteen minutes of “making due”.

    It’s ok when your options are limited, but becomes a problem when you get stuck in the “making due rut”. A rut develops when you follow the same path repeatedly and over time creates an indentation that you fall into and just stay in, because it’s easier than trying to avoid it.

    Although we should avoid falling into ruts, there’s also something beneficial about “making due”. We can’t always have what we want, when we want it, the way we want it. In fact, there’s no peace to be found in selfishness.

    The true art of “making due” is the ability to be at peace, no matter you much, or how little we have.

    That’s making due.

    That was fun,

    • Cissy White says:

      I’m so glad you had fun! I love the line, “The true arts of ‘making due’ is the ability to be at peace” no matter how much/little we have and the image of falling into an indentation. Thank you for sharing your words! Cissy

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