“If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door… If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”
– Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Part 3 of my Unpacking Your Creative Life series on The Gift of Writing is all about tapping into creativity. In the post, I detail 6 techniques that can help the stories flow. Here is an excerpt:
I’ve never bought into the myth that creativity is a gift bestowed on a lucky minority; nor do I feel it’s a mysterious force whose generosity we’re reliant upon. We all have stories, and I’m a firm believer in the tagline to this website, Your Story Matters. But how can we tap into our inherent creativity, especially after a break?
For me, the answer is simple:
We must feel, and feel deeply. Even those emotions that cause us pain. Especially those.
Writer Dawna Markova sums up this concept in her book, I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: “To be fully alive, we have no choice but to finally move closer toward what we usually veer away from.”
Emotion is like oxygen for the creative soul. It’s what breathes life into our stories, whether autobiographical or not.
Click here for the rest of the article and let me know what you think!