Last week, in her post “On Writing“, Vidya Sury tagged me to participate in a blog hop.
Because I love Vidya (her energy, message and writing style) and I love the questions, I said *Yes!* right away.
Part of the blog hop fun is to tag other participants to share their answers the following week. I received an enthusiastic, immediate “Yes!” from Peggy Nolan at Serendipity Smiles. Peggy is someone I have known since my earliest blogging days, quite a few years ago. Last year, Peggy wrote a prompt for one of my self-study courses Illuminate Your Heart Whispers: 30-Days of Love Prompts. It is a delight to share her skill and message with you again!
Peggy’s Bio: Peggy Nolan is a self proclaimed vanquisher of fear, slayer of self-doubt and she’s determined to be courageously creative. She’s currently dusting off her poems and a flash fiction piece for publication on Kindle. You can keep tabs on her at her little corner of the Universe, Serendipity Smiles. Peggy lives in Derry, NH with her husband, Richard.
You can look for Peggy’s article sharing her answers to the following questions, next week on her site (I will share the link in this space and also my community newsletter).
Sharing My Writing Process
What I love about this project is that the focus is on the craft of writing.
I have been writing since I was a young child. I carry around a notebook or journal everywhere I go. I know the power of words and I enjoy putting them together in a way that brings a smile to someone’s heart and/or inspires them to create/connect/celebrate in delightful ways. And, I love sharing notecards and letters via snail mail!
Because my personal focus is on sharing enlivening energy that enriches and heals, I find that this ‘heart home on the web’ (Facets of Joy site) is a wonderful hub for a community that enjoys exploring ideas and practices together. Along with articles, I offer a variety of free collaborative ebooks, guided classes and services – the most fun (for me) way to share energy via this hub is through written word.
It is a delight to share my answers to these blog hop questions with you! (The same questions Vidya has answered and Peggy will be answering.)
1. What am I working on/writing?
When I facilitate ecourses, I don’t write the daily prompts ahead of time. Instead, I write intuitively each day, integrating information from conversations in the class forum into the prompt. This keeps the energy fresh and the guidance relevant to that specific session. And it also means that there are some days that I write quite a lot (which I love)!
I am currently facilitating two classes Presence to Manifesting Money with Joy (registration is open through June 13, 2014) and I Believe in Magic 30-day Photo Journey (registration is open now for the September session).
I am also very excited to participate as a speaker in the free video summit “Supreme Feminine Essence“; I am writing an ebook (to share as a free gift with viewers).I will be speaking about the idea of your body as a sacred container; bringing your energy into your body, then tapping into elemental energy and sharing with others from that empowered space. The ebook will be a companion resource to that talk. (And oh, my – Morgana Rae, Laura Eisenhower, Rebecka Eggers are also participants – along with many other powerful women – I am so so excited!!!)
2. How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?
I love this question because I tend to find and celebrate the connector energies between us, so to think about *differences* is interesting!
I stream right from my heart space – I often invite readers to feel into my words and I hadn’t seen that specific request from many of my peers. Because I stream from heart space, my writing is not always grammatically correct but my words are full of love and gratitude; because your heart feels that, your mind passes right over the ‘mistakes’.
I use my own photos from my personal collection instead of using stock photography. Again, this is because I focus on the energy I am sharing and I want readers to feel the fresh energy from nature/sunset/ocean that I experience and reflect through my photos (and it gives the reader a glimpse into my physical day, which opens connection and conversation).
I also weave energetic intention through my work with the use of color. Knowing that many readers skim, I use color to guide their eyes to specific points. I also use color that corresponds with specific chakra centers to invite an opening to idea and energy.
While I am laid-back in life, I am a perfectionist with my work, so knowing that I sometimes share mistakes used to bother me until I realized that makes me feel very accessible (and ‘real’) to my readers.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I choose topics that reflect light, love and gratitude. I think these energies are powerful, potent healing (we all have wounded spaces) and connective (which we all desire) energies.
I write whatever it is that my heart asks me to: I share pieces of my personal story, answer questions, explain practices of presence and energy movement and speak to relevant current experiences in society.
I write to learn. I ask questions and I value the different perspectives, wisdom and experiences shared in the answers. I believe your voice matters so I write in way that encourages conversation.
I write to inspire movement. There are many people in situations that are painful beyond comprehension. I have been *there* and I write so that people will consider options, explore beyond the limitations they perceive and perhaps choose to move (energetically and physically) from chaos and pain to peace and possibility. It can be a difficult, heart-wrenching time and it helps to know you are not alone and to be reminded of who you are at base, beyond what you may feel while in pain.
4. How does my writing process work?
All of my work evolves naturally. I feel a nudge, I need to write and it flows effortlessly; if I don’t feel that nudge, I don’t write. I have not been successful while attempting to ignore that nudge – it is persistent and strong until I give it full expression.
I have a morning ‘routine’ which involves meditation, some sort of physical movement and streaming morning pages – someplace in all of that a heart whisper arises, I feel into it and write. I never know ahead of time what it will be, yet, it tends to flow with whatever I had previously written.
As a single mother of two children, most of my day is spent with them, so I write while they are in school. This means that I stream it all out to get the complete feeling in and I might return to the piece later to edit. I don’t have large blocks of uninterrupted time – I have small blocks scattered throughout each day.
Because I, in essence, ‘channel energy’ if I have left a piece for more than a day, it no longer feels the same and I don’t use it. When I am writing books, I have to write a complete chapter at a time or the feel becomes choppy and won’t resonate with readers.
While most writers focus on the words; I focus on the energy in the words. I believe that our creative expressions hold our energy so when I am writing, I intentionally center into peace, love, gratitude and joy. I have to be centered and open to the process or I can’t write.
If I am writing a collaborative piece or a guest article, I have to receive the theme a few weeks ahead of time so I can bring it to my heart space and feel into the energy. Because of that, I turn down lots of requests – the energy has to be completely resonant for words to naturally pour out. I can’t force my writing.
I wish they had asked, how do you move through writer’s block! I would love to hear others processes!
Dear Reader, I am asking *you* when you are creatively blocked, how do you move through it? (when you share, you inspire)
Thank you for your presence!
Much peace and abundant love,
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