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georgia 04-05-2010 10:25 PM

From Tanya:

Most importantly, when given a topic keep your hand moving across your page no matter what. Do not stop to think. Follow your first impulse. This type of writing works best with a pad of paper and pen (as opposed to the computer).

Do not stop to edit, correct spelling or stop to critique your work. Let it flow and if you get “stuck” just keep writing even if it strays way off the topic. Keep going and you will come back.

Write on each topic for 15 minutes (without stopping). Time yourself. Go back and write more on the ones that are leading you somewhere. Choose 2 or 3 of the questions below to write on.

Write INTO your emotions and passions, not around them. Try to stay away from intellectualizing your writing. It is through our memories, feelings and bodies that our deepest stories are both carried and shared. Keep writing even if you start to cry or laugh. Keep your hand moving. Your feelings let you know that you’re “onto” something true.

It is in revealing our humanity to one another that we heal ourselves and the world around us. In our deepest stories, we are able to empathize with each other. From this place, compassion grows, hearts expand and creativity thrives. It is from modeling this place that we will heal and change our world.

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