What’s Most Important For You to Know?
I fell in love with writing. And though I’d loved writing from an early age, I had abandoned it over a lifetime. And then at 59, it became an unintentional, accidental full-time passion. I was smitten.
Why am I saying that it’s most important? Because falling in love meant that I would show up, and showing up helped me fall in love. And falling in love gave me gifts that I couldn’t have imagined. But once I had that secret, I wanted to pass it on.
I began to notice that if I listened, I could hear my thoughts, sense my feelings and capture them on paper.
Images and scenarios spontaneously dropped onto the page. Dialogue opened up. Writing became playful, expansive and energizing.
The urges and ideas that came to me mattered, and if I followed them and wrote about them, I’d find gold.
Writing became easy, flowing and inspirational and I discovered depths I’d never known. I learned to trust in the writing process and in myself.
Above all, I let writing lead me. Instead of telling myself what I should write, I listened for what writing wanted of me.
Surrendering to writing and being led by it is radically different than telling yourself what to do with your thinking mind.
Instead of directing and controlling everything, you allow another level of consciousness to move through you – and writing gets easier.
It’s the process of allowing and of surrendering to the writing that I am most excited to teach you. And the endless ways to look, listen and sense.
There are many how-to write programs and classes out there, but what participants want more than techniques is how to get writing and keep writing.
Through inner exploration, they find out what they think, how they feel, what they want, and unknown parts of themselves come to meet each of them.
Every voice matters deeply to me. I hope that your voice matters to you, too. I want that for you. Your voice and the unexpected discovery of your words and ways of expressing will be worth everything.
A Bit More
Many of you probably have a similar story of early beginnings. At 12, I started writing in notebooks where I could speak the unspeakable.
In high school, I wrote my heart out in the poetry club.
I finished a BA in English and even got published in a poetry magazine. But when I finished in late August and rolled into a graduate program in September, I was 21 and exhausted. I left after 2 seminars. It was not going to be my pathway.
Though I took many creative writing courses as an adult, my career became the focus as I worked in a private college and corporations leading training and development, change management and organization development. Later, I led province-wide change projects for British Columbia’s tertiary healthcare system. All creative endeavours with constant variety.
But writing was not my priority.
Then, in 2009 after moving to Vancouver, I took it up again, beginning with Marlene Schiwy’s women’s writing groups and retreats. Those programs and gatherings restored my imagination and to this day, they continue to be sources of nurturing and creativity.
Listening to women reading their reflections and observations still makes my heart swell. It is inspiring to recognize the uniqueness and commonality of our shared experiences.
A blogging course in 2013 started me on a weekly publishing trend on my website. A year later, when I felt that my writing had levelled up, I became a contributor for HuffPost.
Then in June 2018, as part of a business accelerator program, I learned how to create an abundance of content in a way I’d never imagined. My coach, Jason Goldberg, warned us that we’d have more content than we could ever use. And he was right. I’ve had an explosion of continuous ideas and creativity since then. And I want to pass that along to you.
But more than anything else, I want to emphasize something that you hear often but perhaps discount or dismiss. It truly is never too late. You can still surprise yourself.
In 2013, I got steadily more attached to my writing – at the ripe age of 59. So, don’t give up before you begin.
Some of us find meaning in writing and fame is not what lights us up. Every life is important and significant. You only have to be willing to sit down see what shows up for you.