The elephant-headed Ganesha sits at the threshold, representing transformation and new beginnings. Choosing to write is stepping through a doorway into a deeper place inside your self. Finding Your Voice will guide you into this place, where you will investigate your proclivities, your passions, and the individual qualities that make you you! Here, you will begin to find your voice.
In order to grow as a writer, you must continually create and self-edit. But how do you sustain it? Shiva’s ongoing process of Creation, Maintenance, and Dissolution shows that in order to grow, we must establish a foundational practice. Creating Your Practice will help you to design a firm weekly practice for yourself and to strategize how to balance your creative output with your editorial eye. In the words of Sri Pattabhi Jois, “Practice, and all will come.”
Week 3 – Just Write!
Kali is primal and uncensored, the ferocious embrace of every possibility. Before you narrow your subject matter and refine your prose, you have to open the floodgates. Just Write! will teach you techniques for getting unstuck, overcoming your fear of the blank page or opening sentence, and letting it flow with wild creativity and without judgment.
Hanuman is a shape-shifting yogi whose devotion is unwavering. He shows that regardless of what you put out into the world, it is an expression of what you care about and who you are. In Accessing Your Potential, you will dive into your center to investigate your own gifts, uncovering what you want to write about, and expressing it unwaveringly.
Shri means abundance, but also refinement. Once your words are flowing, it’s time to look more closely at your writing style. Through expanding your ability to create precise descriptions, and gathering vocabulary, Refining Your Practice will show you how to tone your prose and expand your descriptive abilities. With more linguistic and stylistic choices, you will become more deliberate in your use of words.
The most skillful writers plumb their own depths to draw upon a wide range of mental and emotional states. The Rasas show us that in art as in life, we have access to all of these flavors of experience, although we tend to favor some over others. In Expanding Your Voice, you will learn to access different aspects of your voice, from the comic to the peaceful, from revulsion to the ecstatic, recognizing that they are not always that far apart.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna tells the great warrior Arjuna that he must step up and do what needs to be done – to engage on the field of life. Similarly, as a writer you need to own your sense of purpose, pinpointing what you want to express in a particular piece of writing, and insuring that your details compel it forward. In Setting Goals, you will learn to be decisive in your self-expression as well as in your editing so that your ideas glitter with precision.
To write powerfully, you need to show something rather than tell about it. Vac is the vibratory power of speech, pulsing with evocation. In Connecting Deeply, you will deepen your awareness of how particular words resonate, learn how to juxtapose words and phrases to create different effects, and develop compelling ways of expressing the vibratory creative impulse within yourself so that your words carry power.
Writing helps us to know ourselves better, creating an inner dialogue that enables us to converse more powerfully with the world. Writing creates a field in which our internal and external worlds continually echo each other. Our unique, singular selves and our rich, diverse selves enter into conversation. In The Beauty of Conversation, we will explore Subrahmanya, Ganesha’s brother, whose prismatic nature serves as a counterpoint to Ganesha’s solidity, owning our diversity and finding connections within it.
There are few things as satisfying for a writer as seeing your writing published and read. This involves balancing day-to-day practicalities with the often-unpredictable creative impulse. In Making it heard – Getting It Out There, you will deepen your understanding of the concepts of Karma (action) and Lila (serendipity, chance) that get your writing out into the world. From Blogging and using Social Media to enlisting your friends, you will create a strategy that will expand your writing practice and your audience in ways that serve you.