Post Workshop Blues

Sorry for completely neglecting GPD for the past week.  That workshop I was preparing for took place and was, quite literally, all-encompassing.  Over the week I took the rare opportunity to I put every ounce of energy I had into myself and the process.  And I was shocked at what came out of me.

I was surrounded by fellow writers at all stages of their process.  We supported each other, gave feedback and insights, and held a safe space to share the deeply personal and emotional stories that come up when you sit down to write a memoir. 

It was Profound.  Beautiful.  Meaningful. 

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If you ever get the chance to attend a writing workshop, do itIt has given me just the encouragement I need to start the process of writing a book.  It has given me tools to get started and stay on track.  It helped me realize my strengths and weaknesses.  And it was healing. 

I’ve come away with a sense of uneasiness, though, as I don’t want to lose the space that was created for me there.  Having a safe space to create (and be critiqued + encouraged) every day was invaluable.  I’ve woken up the past couple of days without the tasks of reading or writing a prompt, and I feel lost.  In the time I used to deeply discuss art with my peers, I wander around the house.  Scrub the dishes I’ve neglected. 

The workshop meant so much to me that I feel a new-found purpose.  I am so excited to launch from here into the realm of my very own memoir. 

Part of this past week was spent looking at our creative processes – how, when, and where do we do our writing?  I realized that my writing [blog/personal] was done in confined spaces that had multiple uses [our living room/study/dining room/exercise space, for example].  I didn’t have a space that was just mine, away from the distractions of internet and dishes and a floor that needed to be swept. 

So I’ve made one small change, and it is already helping my writing process tremendously. 

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Sure, our deck is falling apart [and won’t be fixed until the house is sold to someone else], but it is a fine place to create in the early mornings as the sun illuminates the West Maui Mountains before me.    

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I’ve taken what I’ve learned from the workshop this past week and hope to keep it all alive through my writing.  I feel safe and supported out here with nature. 

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