Each arrow you shoot off
carries its own target
into the decidedly
– Paul Celan
It’s nice to have a target. It’s also good to have a practice, without which the target remains just that–distant and big and unattainable-feeling. A secret tangle. An idea.
As William Carlos Williams wrote in “Book 1 – Paterson”:
—Say it, no ideas but in things—
Not That Kind of Target Practice
No, silly. No guns here (ever–unless Mani starts hunting for food anytime soon). I just couldn’t resist the badass women in this 1943 photo.
Writing! Writing practice!
In 2015, my practice–my “thing” (one of them, anyway)–will be to create ten new writing prompts every month, and for these to be vehicles for others to play with freeing up their writing, alone and in community, ten minutes at a time.
The wonderful thing about having a target is that it moves, and the point becomes not to hit the bullseye but to keep showing up and seeing what happens. Ain’t that ever what I’ve been writing about, and living, since I started this blog on January 7, 2007.
This unfolding, and the surprises that come with it, is one of my favorite parts of the creative process.
Twelve months from now, I’d like to have 120 prompts and images to compile into some other kind of offering. To be connected to dozens (hundreds? thousands? oh, how we think ourselves small) of people through words and creativity and community, supporting and encouraging each other to practice without the pressure of having to be good or reach some illusory goal, not a thing to prove but that we are alive, we are here, and we don’t have to do it all alone.
Who knows if that’s the target I’ll hit. What I can do is practice.
So can you. We can do it together.
We can show up. We can say yes. We can write; whether we’re “writers” or not, we all have stories to tell, images that swim around in our dreams, moments that catch our eye each day, memories that won’t go away, and a way of telling it that no one else can.
Please note: This “class” is not about product, or critique, or genres, or even style. It’s not about perfection or comparison. Get a feel for what it is about, from folks who have participated :: testimonials.
Check out the latest prompt titles and sign up for the self-paced version of this practice, where you pick your start date, and enjoy your practice in your own timing :: click here.
Join me and eleven other creative spirits for a two-week deep-dive into daily writing with the camaraderie of an online group. There are three spots left for February 2-13, and March dates are now up, too :: click here.
Because what if you knew? And you know what? You do.
What if you knew
that everything you want,
everything you’ve been seeking,
trying to figure out, missing,
is right here, already whole
in your hands, in your life?