Summertime and the Livin' is Easy
Perhaps it’s the residual rhythm set in school, but we often think of summer as a time when we can put aside time for ourselves to step back into the things we started during the year. Our nerves will be calmer, our days longer, and perhaps we'll finish what we started in the ambitious darkness of January.
Summer can feel like a bastion of creative safety: an easier, brighter, more imaginative time.
But even in summer – when the visions that get us through February and March turn into the reality of life continuing just the same as usual, even with the sun out – the thought of writing can bring up feelings of frustration or overwhelm.
Harnessing that Elusive Ease
In Sense Writing, we learn to work with the body and nervous system to achieve a more resilient state of creative flow and uncover the richness of our stories.
But learning to work with the body and nervous system can also be incredibly helpful in guiding you through managing larger projects-- without the overwhelm.
We can use these same tools not just to generate writing, but to continue through projects (a collection of stories or a full-length script) and complete them.
By learning to work with the big and the small.
The Art of Completion
When we can increase our ability to absorb and process sensation in one part of our internal creative landscape, we can expand from there, processing and absorbing more and more. Our ability to hold the bigger picture is then tethered to a knowing of what this bigger picture actually contains.
An agility to ebb and flow from the small to the big and back to the small starts to form.
We begin to know when we need to zoom out to see the big picture and when we need to zoom back in to land in a specific place.
Learning to adjust the aperture, even holding both the big and small in ourselves at the same time, can be key in helping us manage— and complete— our larger creative projects.
The art of completion is a skill that you can build.
You can start to feel the connection between the small and the big in the 16-minute recorded sequence below. Experience what it feels like to simultaneously hold both inside of you.