Thoughts Out, Love in.
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About the Event
Doing it alone isn't working.
I don't know what "it" is for you, but I know that trying to will yourself to do the thing is exhausting, and utterly unfun.
You're channeling every "just do it" t-shirt you've ever seen, and yet something keeps getting in the way.
I was in that sort of moment when I talked with a friend and he told me if people could "just do it," they'd have just done it.
- You'll feel less alone.
- You'll come away each week with a plan.
- You'll have people to celebrate your progress with!
Okay. Here goes. When you sign up, you'll get
- A link that will transport you into a splendid space full of other humans who would like their work to feel more like play.
- 1.5 hours to play with those humans on the page and off. We'll take some time to stretch, and to play a few writing games to get us thinking about how we could make our tasks more lovely.
- And this is the key one—accountability. You'll get an email in two days (on Saturday), asking you to reply with your progress. This can be as tiny or huge—the win condition is doing anything more than nothing. Then, I'll celebrate the heck out of whatever you reply with.
In salon and after, you'll receive wildly supportive feedback—no questions or suggestions, and we assume everything is non-intimate work, which means you can write whatever you like without feeling quite so vulnerable—in Gateless Salons, when giving feedback we say “the writer,” or “the narrator” instead of “you.” (I thought this was silly when I first started going to salons, but I've found it really can be a gift if you're taking on a personal or challenging topic in your work!)
What does that mean when it comes to my own projects?
It means you can write the literal truth without self consciousness—No matter how much you cringe at your procrastination, it's not yours, here. It belongs to your characters or speakers. This externalizing can get us out of fight-or-flight mode and often, into more creative understandings, and openness to possibilities we might not have seen before.
And it means you can imagine wild hope without having to be hemmed in with pesky "reasonableness." Would it feel better to be writing your emails on the moon? Yeah? You can imagine that here.