Hello Writing Friends:
This is my first blog post of Listening to Your Life. I will send a new blog every two weeks to give you ideas, prompts, and resources to support you in writing your stories. I want to share a wonderful resource for women who are interested in writing their stories. Story Circle Network, SCN, is an international not-for-profit membership organization made up of women dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives. They support women who are interested in exploring their personal stories through journaling, memoir, autobiography, personal essays, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and mixed-media. Visit their website, www.storycircle.org to explore all the services and support they offer.
I joined SCN approximately 12 years ago and they truly were the kickstart of me beginning to write about my life. I joined an internet writing circle and had the privilege of writing with a circle of 8-10 women for ten years. We received prompts once a month, and then shared our writing for the month with each other, giving caring and gentle feedback. This is where I began listening to my life, and writing my story piece by piece.
The first prompt, below, is from a workshop put on by SCN called What Legacy do you wish to leave?
Make a list of a minimum of ten “I am” statements:
I am (or have been)________________________
“Who I am” can describe your physical, psychological, emotional, or spiritual self.
After completing the list, return to it and choose one to write about. Write as much as you can about who you are within this statement. You can return to the list periodically and write about another “I am” statement as you continue Listening to Your Life.
Take your time and write all that comes up during your writing experience. No judging or editing. Often first drafts bring up surprises. Enjoy the process!!!!