Advertisement

The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog

Writing Is Risking

 

Tonight I interviewed one of my favorite writers- Dan Millman and his daughter Sierra Prasada who co-authored the book The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way From Inspiration To Publication on my radio show called It’s All About Relationships on Vividlife Radio. I felt a bit self serving since I had the chance to pick their brains and offered my listeners a chance to eavesdrop on our conversation. Dan is best known for his classic Way of The Peaceful Warrior which is a pivotal read from my college years.

Advertisement

As they were sharing their insights, the words “writing is risking” came to me.  Although I have been immersed in creative writing since my pre-teens,  it is only in the past few years that my writing has revealed me to myself and my readers. Putting ourselves out there means being verbally naked, running the risk of disapproval. For years, I played it safe and only wrote what I thought people would smile at when they read, rather than invite them to have a full range of emotions as I had while writing it. I look back at journal entries from waaaaayyyy back in my 20’s and wonder how I could possibly have believed some of the things I wrote and at times shake my head and question….”you still believe that?”

Advertisement

For many writers, a blank page can be overwhelmingly frightening and for me it is a lovely challenge, much like ‘tabula rasa’- blank slate.  It beckons me to pour my thoughts onto it, which absorbs them like a sponge.

We are all story tellers with tales to offer about our own unique world view and invite readers to see the sights through our eyes. Willingness to live our stories out loud is a mark of a courageous writer. No longer can I hide behind what I call ‘funny looking baby syndrome’ as a way of avoiding getting my work out there in the world. Imagine laying your newborn in a carriage to take him or her out for a stroll. You (like most parents) believe that this is the most beautiful infant ever to incarnate on this planet. The first person pulls back the blanket and thinks “What a funny looking baby,” and you are crushed. I dare to bare emotionally and verbally, letting the ‘baby’ play wildly in the world.

http://youtu.be/TtGY4G7II6s Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

www.vividlife.me

 

 

Previous Posts

To Those We Treasure
Awake, truly awake and well rested after a weekend that was filled with laughter and joy, music, friends, dancing, singing, healthy eating and a power nap at the end of a long, sun streaming down day. On Friday night, so began one of my ...

posted 5:16:22pm Jul. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Facing Life-A Ten Week Journey- Week Six
Lately I've been letting emotions flow, and along with them, have come insights that had lay dormant for years.  This session was overseen by Debra/Deva Troy 's teacher Lynn Diehl  for the sixth of ten Facial Reflex Therapy visits. This ...

posted 8:57:21pm Jul. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Planting Seeds
There comes a time in our lives when we are called to face certain truths -- that life unfolds at its own pace and not only as we would wish it to. For 56 years, I have danced the line between believing that hard work and diligence would bring ...

posted 10:42:57am Jul. 21, 2015 | read full post »

The World Ain't Slowin' Down
My  busy-buzzy brain woke me up to write this a few hours ago and I made a deal with The Muse that I could sleep a bit more, if I formulated the text in dreamland. She nodded and agreed. Lately, my mind has been racing with all of the things I ...

posted 7:42:29am Jul. 18, 2015 | read full post »

An Interview With Dr. Eric Pearl
I met Dr. Eric Pearl a few years ago when he came to Philadelphia to teach a room full of eager folks, a modality that came to him/through him called Reconnective Healing. As someone who had long been fascinated with the impact of life force on ...

posted 9:06:07am Jul. 16, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.