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.