Finding Your Writing Way Home

November 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Writing Space

“All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us.  All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home.” (Patch Adams)

We’re all meaning making creatures: trying to make sense of our experience, trying to make a reality of our hopes and dreams, trying to work out who we are.  Trying to find our way back home.

Writing, for me, is at the heart of that search for meaning.  And when I think about what the “writing space” represents it’s carving out the time and the freedom to explore new paths.  To give yourself the permission to experiment and the opportunity to play.  To listen to the different writing voices that emerge when you give yourself the space to write.  To start to identify your writing way home.

My home after berlusca by boscizzi on Flickr

My home after berlusca by boscizzi on Flickr

This piece marks the end of my first year contributing to the Writing Space.  Like most creative projects, I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like when I first started.  I could see some of the path ahead, but had no idea where it would end up.  This seemed like a good opportunity to look back and see where the path has taken me.

(Of course one of the best things about writing is that you can go back and read through your words – often with delighted surprise at something you’d forgotten you’d written, and occasionally with a powerful sense of recognition.)

With reflection I can see that the Writing Space includes:

The opportunity to experiment. To have adventures, and try new things (Are You Ready For a Blogging Adventure?)  To play with your writing, and explore new ways to delight in the power of your own words.  (7 Ways To Spice Up Your Writing)  Or maybe to give yourself permission to write the things  you’ve always dreamed about, but never (yet) got round to making happen.  (What Do You Dream About Writing?)

Writing what matters: Taking the time to write the stuff that counts.  That might be the big things: the strong emotions that course through your heart.  (Writing To Sustain The Heart) Or maybe it’s the small, everyday things that you want to notice, to say thanks for, and to value.  (Get Ready to Celebrate With the Gift of Words)

Giving yourself permission.  So many people dismiss their writing because they’re ‘not writers’.  But writing to make meaning, to make sense of things, to find your way home – that kind of writing doesn’t need to be done by a great artist or writer.  It needs to be done by you.  So there are times when it’s good to keep it simple and others when you need to let your words run free.

Listening to what you’re telling yourself.  Your writing isn’t just a way to communicate with others.  You’ll find the most important message is the one you’ve written, however indirectly, to yourself. (Are You Tuned Into the Power of Your Own Words?)

Writing things down to make them happen. Writing how you want things to turn out, and how (or who) you want to be.  Sharing a secret, quietly, with your page as the first step to opening a new world of possibility.  (Opportunity: The Start of a New Page) Writing your way to the home you know is waiting. (Writing Routes to Reinvention)

Writing to hear your own voice. Giving yourself the freedom and space to write can help you to sort things out in  your mind, to sort out the trivial from the important, to connect back to your core values, your sense of self, whatever it is that you recognise as your ‘source’.  It’s what I described as keeping your writing feet on the ground:

Writing – personal writing in your own writing space – is a simple way to reconnect back to the present moment. To feel and to write the way you feel now, never mind the whys and wherefores. To let some stuff go and just… be.

To feel our toes uncurl, notice the warmth of the sand, feel our weight shift and settle. To know we’re grounded, present, here.

Those are some of the things that the Writing Space means to me. A space that helps to find our way home.

What does the writing space mean to you?  Are there other dimensions of the writing space that you’d like me to explore over the next 12 months?

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