I am currently working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. The first three basic principles say, (1) Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy; (2) There is an underlying, in-dwelling, creative force infusing all of life—including ourselves; (3) When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
Yesterday, I was told that a close colleague has been diagnosed with Covid-19. Underlying conditions have existed for years, so concern was the emotion of the day.
As Covid has come close to home for me, I think of the millions of stories out there as the numbers of infected grow once more. For those of us not on the front lines and who may be experiencing a time when we can tap into our creativity, these stories are ripe with goodness and nutrition for the soul. Stories of your own personal journey. Stories of loved ones. Stories of those who survived and those who did not. You will find that the act of writing, creating, is cathartic. Just putting these few words down has created a sense of peace, lightness, for me.
Have you had a loved one affected by this aggressive virus? What is your emotional state currently, knowing that Covid patients, perhaps your loved one, have no one to hold their hand, no one to visit with a bouquet of flowers, no one to comfort them in this time of fear and isolation? I encourage you to write that story. Their story. Your story.
In the past two weeks, we have gone through Steps 1 and 2 of memoir-writing. We have created a timeline and named the event we want to explore in memoir. We have also given ourselves permission to start sentences with “And” or “But.” Have you done so? How does it feel? Like breaking a hard and fast rule? Good!!
Besides The Artist’s Way group, I have also found an online group (what I’ll call an accountability group) of memoir writers. For fifty minutes a day, we write while spending the time with each other online; then we check in. I am hooked. I will call this Step 3; i.e., keep writing and find a group to hold you accountable, to support and encourage you. You will find that groups such as this are invaluable. I am hooked!
If, as you read this, you would be interested in starting such a group to encourage and support you in creativity, please let me know. I am interested. In the meantime, stay well.