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Does a part of you yearn to share your writing? When you hear someone else share their writing by reading aloud, or a writer shares by posting an excerpt, does it both inspire you and make you break out in hives? Do you wonder what you’re missing by not sharing your writing?
We had our first “Get Your Writing Done” Program workshop today. When one participant shared some of what he wrote from one of the writing prompts, it moved me deeply, and I could see how it moved the other participants as well.
I got some writing done, as well. I loved the distinction between teaching for an hour and a half and, in this case, creating a space where people would be inspired and committed and get some writing done.
At the end of class, I decided to practice what I preach. I read a one paragraph excerpt from the book I’m writing:
“When we write entirely from what we know and planned, our writing can fall flat. The best writing allows for spontaneity. When you’re at your most inspired, you learn something as you write. You expand beyond who you were twenty minutes ago when you began writing. You write on the frontiers of your own consciousness. Be open to the possibility that you will grow with your writing. It’s not something to force; you need to get out of your own way for that to happen.”
We can write in a vacuum for so long. It feels freeing to share your work with others and get the sense that your writing makes an impact.
And, hearing it aloud, whether you read it or someone reads to you, you get to tweak and polish, as well.
Feel free to share a paragraph you’ve written below! Or share your experiences about sharing your writing.