The Voice Within
A blog by Mary McDowall
I recently attended the kick-off event for a Writers’ Circle at The Purple Ink Cafe led by our own Kathy Kane. One of the very first things she said was “If you are here, you are a writer.”
I found this oddly comforting.
I am a writer.
This is not how I would have described myself before. But I do write. I write this blog. I write when I create new courses, website content and even new creativity tools.
I am a writer.
I don’t need to be a great writer, or even a good writer to write. It is the practice of writing that creates good writers. And the Writers’ Circle is an opportunity to hone this skill in a creative and supportive space with other writers.
I found that as I wrote, I could tap into my unconscious thoughts, and ideas began to magically appear. I was fascinated by how my brain effortlessly transformed my thoughts into hand actions that formed symbols on the page. Symbols that convey meaning to a reader and bring my ideas to life.
Before this experience, to call myself a writer felt like a stretch, perhaps even pretentious. But by calling myself a writer, I am not comparing myself to the great authors. I’m celebrating the courage and the patience of creating a habit and building a writing practice to bare my creative spirit. It is about trusting a process; a process so seemingly ordinary in our society that it is often taken for granted.
Writing is a truly wonderful outlet for creative expression. One that I long denied myself because I didn’t think of myself as a writer.
What a wonderful gift to be able to call oneself a writer. What a wonderful experience being part of a writing circle.
Are you a writer?
It’s not too late to sign up if you would like to join the Writers’ Circle at The Purple Ink Cafe. Click here for the details. I hope to see you there.
I share how I see the world through everyday topics that connect me to my creativity - my challenge with clutter, master minds, ideas, strategies and process - mostly though the lens of my kaizen training.