So offered to do a writing workshop Saturday morning at the First Light Men’s Conference in the midcoast of Maine.
I am basing it on my “Write Poorly” poem:
Turn off the inner editor
Let yourself write
Let it flow
Let yourself fail
Do something crazy
Write 50,000 words in the month of November
I did it.
It was fun, it was insane it was 1,667 words a day.
It was possible.
But, you have to turn off your inner critic, off, completely.
If you can’t write run away for a few.
Writing is like anything else.
You won’t get good at it immediately.
It’s a craft you have to keep getting better.
You don’t get to Juliard, unless you practice.
If you want to get to Carnagie Hall, practice, practice, practice.
(or give them a lot of money).
Like anything else it takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery.
Just like Malcolm Gladwell says.
Get your thoughts down.
Let it rest.
Let it marinate.
But don’t edit as you type,
that just slows the brain down.
Find a daily practice,
for me it’s blogging every day.
And it’s fun.
The more you write, the easier it gets. The more it is a flow, the less a worry. It’s not for school, it’s not for a grade, it’s just to get your thoughts out there. You know they want to come out.
So keep at it. Make it a practice. And write poorly, write awfully, write with abandon and it may end up being really, really good.
So I was mainly planning to give everyone a chance to write, and to suck and to share if they want.
Some possible writing topics I was thinking about:
1) Write about a time you were intensely happy.
2) Write about a time you felt at peace, and/or in balance.
3) Write about something that scares you.
4) Write about something you have never shared.
5) Write about something that touched your heart or your soul.
or 6) Write about what comes to mind, at the present.
Realize all are good thoughts, and all are good writing.
And that’s it’s ok to write poorly.