There are many standards for writers and authors in our culture. On top of that are many more global standards. By standards I mean conversations about what it is, and takes, to be an effective and “successful” writer or author – getting the desired results – no matter whether you are writing fiction, non-fiction , poetry, plays, memoirs….well you get my drift.
Now where do those community standards come from? Most likely created by any number of people in academic or literary domains, and/or brought forth from being passed down as they have operated over the ages.
If you look at the way in which these standards operate and are brought forth, then you will see that they could end up squashing your potential as a fully expressed writer if you let them – either because you fall into not trusting you can “live up to them” (ego conversation), or they seem to “box you in” to a small container that doesn’t fit your own unique style and way of being in the world as a writer.
This is where transformative writing steps up on stage. In this domain of writing the only standards that are present are the unique personal ones that you develop and create along the way. In other words unfolding moment to moment. What do I mean by that?
When you write are you thinking about “what sells” out there, what is “academically correct”, or what would be “acceptable” in the community or culture that you are a part of? These questions arise from others standards and are background conversations that have the potential to sabotage your emerging expression.
This is akin to a writer/artist/dancer clamping down on what is naturally unfolding through them – the allowing of an emerging generative creative flow. What can result within this contraction of creativity and blocking of life flow is a molding of the writing or art in the direction of outcomes such as what is “acceptable”, “sellable”, or “I have done before and people liked it”. In other words, controlling disembodied ego conversations once again.
What if you absolutely trusted the process of what I will call embodied writing. Writing that comes from your whole being, versus the intellect. Content consistently arising from a much larger contextual space.
As a writer you have something to say. You need to be intimately aware of what is asking to come alive through you – your authentic embodied voice – and write from that place. To do this you must peel away habitual conversations and thoughts that block emerging possibilities.
This is improvisation – the art of being alone, or in collaborative efforts, with your own creativity and trusting what is emerging to take you into actions of writing that will effectively trigger results and provide nourishment to the soul.
This way of accessing the art of writing is not a representation of whatever it is you are writing about, but instead comes from how life is really operating – inside and outside of you. This naturally builds in a sense of freedom for you and the reader. An innate curiosity, and spaciousness to explore, naturally unfolds itself.
How do we navigate this terrain? By inhabiting, trusting and attending with our full being the continual flow of possibilities that consistently emerge or unfold. A generative approach to writing where there is a constant flow of language emerging from within our own uniquely structured physiology and experience.
What is important to distinguish here is that what I am speaking to is twofold. Transformative embodied writing opens spaces and possibilities for both the creator of the content and the person who reads it.
For the reader this is writing that is purposefully directed to trigger the opening of spaces and possibility. This results in a more expansive and grounded way of seeing and effectively living life as it really is in relationship to themselves, others and the world.
For the creator of the writing – you – this way of accessing content honors your fullest untamed expression. By the very nature of transformative writing, you too will open spaces for greater potential in your own life. It is a natural outcome of this generative process. A living system of embodied writing emerging from your whole being stimulating moments of discovery.
Embodied writing is only the first of many distinctions in the domain of Transformative Writing. For more in depth distinctions and guidance check out the upcoming e-book: A Writers Guide to Transformative Writing – Embodied Creation From A Space of Simply Being