Für mich ist der Zweifel der größte Feind des Schreibens. Wenn er kommt, dann erscheint dir alles, was du sagen möchtest, banal, lächerlich, kitschig, langweilig, unbeholfen, fad, bemüht .... fallen euch noch andere fiese Zweifeladjektive ein? Was mir dann am Besten dabei hilft, nicht den Stift oder gleich den PC aus dem Fenster zu werfen, ist eine Erlaubnis, die ich mir gebe:
Ich erlaube mir, den größten Mist des Universums zu verzapfen.
Diesen Tipp habe ich aus einem der Bücher der Künstlerin und Schreiblehrerin #nataliegoldberg . Bei mir hilft er immer, wirklich immer. Und nicht nur das, er macht auch noch richtig Spaß. Und was am Ende rauskommt, ist manchmal wirklich Mist, aber meistens nicht, und immer überraschend.
Probiert es aus!
Es geht nicht immer darum, etwas besonders Gutes zu schreiben (wer kann das bei selbst schon immer so genau beurteilen?) Es geht einfach darum, zu schreiben. Weil ihr schreiben wollt. Es ist eure Welt, es sind eure Gedanken. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger. 💕
[enthält Werbung, unbezahlt und unbeauftragt] #schreiben#schreibtipps#authorslife#fionablum#schreibroutine#writersofinstagram#morgensumfünf#flow#schreibenmachtglücklich#kreativesschreiben#creativewriting
9 3219 March, 2019
As our very own founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, @mariashriver has said many times, journaling can be life changing. It can not only allow you to connect with your thoughts, dreams, and day to day life, but it can help your mental health. What you are writing doesn’t need to be profound. The simple act of putting pen to paper can truly help calm your mind. This week, we challenge you to spend at least 10 minutes a day just writing down...anything! We can’t wait to hear what a difference it makes in how you feel. 📝 #motivationmonday
7 28118 March, 2019
A years worth of Morning Pages. They have done me good, and I will look through them in a years time.
🦋🦋I seldom do them these days, the constant free-writing becomes to repetitive. But I still want something that holds me accountable to writing. 🦋🦋Yesterday I wrote a lot, and today I wrote too. It’s without a doubt easier to write if I do it often.
🦋🦋I followed a writing exercise by Natalie Goldberg, that I really liked today. It was about laying sentences down like brigs. Start with a sentence that feels true. Then build the next one, just think one sentence at a time, lay them down one by one. It was easier than it sounds. Sentences just kept coming. 🦋🦋How’s you writing practice?
With slews of incredibly anatomically focused yoga teachers in the world these days, I am reminded of what I used to say in teacher trainings, "I am here for the mental and emotional."⠀
Say what? Why?⠀
As many of my fellow yogi friends have been similarly discovering, asana practice is amazing, but what underlies it is what I am truly drawn to and fascinated by: understanding the paths to realize consciousness itself, mindfulness, awareness, presence, simply "being."⠀
While alignment is obviously integral and the physical postures have their place in the procession, for me, my passion is for the powerful internal transformations we can elicit within ourselves and others.⠀
Knowing tools to feel better from the inside out can be legitimately life-changing: shifting from stress and repeating unhealthy patterns to a felt sense of peace and contentment.⠀
With your own awareness, body, and breath you start to realize you have a whole lot more control of how you feel than you may have originally thought.⠀
It was Natalie Goldberg's work about creative writing that ever opened my mind to the power of meditation in the first place.⠀
As an English major and writer in my college days, I was intrigued by authors who learned to move from the often overly-intellectualized chaos of a "writer's mind" to mastering aspects of Zen, the mind, and the psyche.⠀
Thus I adore asana for many reasons, but come back to the deepest, easiest, most prolific undertones often: right here, right now, just this: being with what is.⠀
Writing memoir (rooted in the past), plotting an arc of scenes (planning for the future), and doing the damn work: (right here, right now, just this)... the present moment: always.⠀
Know your why, and see what's interconnected. 😉⠀
Yesterday I said ideas were like seeds. Well to continue the art is a garden theme, I once read a book on writing by Natalie Goldberg where she talks about composting all of your life experiences in your mind to create a fertile soil for your work to grow out of. (Google her name and composting for an excerpt). I believe this to be true and it goes beyond what you do yourself. It also includes everything you take in as an influence, all you see on instagram, hear in a podcast, or read in a book. It all breaks down and intermingles into an indistinguishable mass of creativity in which you plant your idea seed. Well, I’ll stop here before you accuse me of piling on the manure but I hope this gives you something interesting to think about. 🤔.
My best friend bought me Natalie Goldberg’s seminal tome on writing, Writing Down The Bones, over 25 years ago and it immediately brought my need to write into sharp focus. Spurred on by Julia Cameron’s equally seminal work, The Artist’s Way, I began writing Morning Pages (just six pages of stream-of-consciousness writing each morning... although I have always written mine at night!), a practice I have stuck to more on than off for all these years. I write for myself, to make sense of my feelings and help me find grace within the different seasons of my life. It has stood me in good stead during both happy and challenging years and has probably saved my sanity many times over! I just finished Natalie’s latest memoir and am wishing I could tarry in her world a little longer. I have read all of her memoirs and so it feels like visiting ‘an old friend from far away’, but even if you have never heard of her, it’s worth dipping into this book simply for the skilled immediacy and stark honesty of her words. #nataliegoldberg#letthewholethunderingworldcomehome#juliacameron#theartistsway#aimeesapothecarybooks@denisecurtisraleigh 💛
🖤 Natalie Goldberg, “Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” 🖤
Q1 is officially in editing!!! Editing a compilation of other people’s work is very different from editing your own work or one author’s work, but reading quotes about publishing has proven much less inspiring than reading quotes about editing. So here we are! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Holy holy holy! What an evening yesterday seeing the awe-inspiring and beguiling #AnnaBurns . Loved her very simple, direct, and instinctive approach to writing: ‘Follow the energy.’ She read from #Milkman selections that were funny and fierce (and not at all difficult to understand). I think everyone there must be more than a little in love. She deserves every success - and, notably, success is not something she appears to have grasped for. She waited, and it came, just as she waits for her characters and voices and rhythms to emerge. Patience as an (the?) essential for writers, not least as good writing cannot be rushed (we’ve seen plenty of that). She also recommended The Artist’s Way by @juliacameronlive, Writing Down The Bones by #nataliegoldberg , and Becoming A Writer by #DorotheaBrande . And going to writing classes/workshops - but only for as long as they are useful. Sensing the difference between plot-led and character-led stories seemed to be an important breakthrough for Anna, too. A very intuitive writer. Lovely to see her in the company of @eleanoranstruther and @tamrick0 and also to run into @shelleywriter and meet @podsticles - and thanks to @faberbooks for organising such a super evening, and to editor Louisa Joyner for publishing such an utterly fantastic book. (The line for getting copies signed went right up the stairs, so - good tip - we went to the bar and got a drink, and like good writers waited, and then joined the end of the queue as the stragglers, then of course I was embarrassingly gushy and tongue-tied all at once, if that’s even possible.) #bookstagram#books#writing#FollowTheEnergy
✨In her book 'Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir', author and Zen teacher Natalie Goldberg shares the Buddha's last words:✨
✨"All things that are born must die. In any case continue with vigor."✨
✨In reminds me of some advice that I heard @adreannalimbach give to a room full of meditation teachers: "You give them the bad news, darling, but you do it with enthusiasm!"✨ ✨
✨The more I teach meditation, the less I find that I am interested in sugar coating things, or in "selling" meditation. My point of view is more like: it's hard, darlings, but it's worth it! And I like that relationship to the truth.✨
✨As I get older, I'm finding myself acting that way in my personal life, too: "I've got bad news friends, but the good news is that it's true!" 😊✨
✨Like the picture says, I like who I'm becoming! I like who you are becoming, too.✨
✨ image via @theblondepriestess ✨
76 2,7496 December, 2018
Happy #handwritingday ! So I couldnt let this one pass of course 😜 Although I do most of my work on a computer, I just love to write with good old pen and paper every now and then. First drafts, editting. And I think that #nataliegoldberg is right in suggesting that it brings you closer to the text. Do you still write "offline" sometimes? #handwriting#handwritten
20 94223 January, 2018
This moment felt like summer. Grateful for my dharma kin and the work this week @upayazencenter with #NatalieGoldberg . In the words of Buson, “It is unusual to have a second chance to materialize your desire.” Continuous practice under all circumstances. 💙
9 15631 July, 2018
"Di solito la gente non si rende conto che scrivere è un atto fisico. Non è qualcosa che riguardi solo il pensiero. Riguarda anche la vista, l'operato, il gusto, le sensazioni, tutto ciò che è vivo e in azione".
„... when a spiritual person stands in front of a great art masterpiece, she feels peaceful. When an artist sees a masterpiece, it urges her on to create another one.“ -Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Do you know that feeling? Reading a book, paragraph, sentence, group of words and feeling an unbearable pressure? The need to create something? To let out whatever it is inside you that these words set into motion?
I’ve written a lot in my childhood and teenage years. And then university started, I battled with (what I know see as) depression and didn’t write anything for 10 years. But in the last year I could feel the longing start again inside me and I slowly got myself reading up on creativity and writing. Surely the important thing, if you want to write, is to actually write and not reading about writing, but we’re a mixture of the things around us and nothing gets me more motivated than reading or listening to people expressing their love (and often their simultaneous hate) for writing. It makes it seem possible, if you listen to writers who actually survive.