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My Creative Writing Group Sessions always leave me feeling like I have taken a little journey into a new world of endless possibilities, a world where it can be of utter truths or pure fantasies. Our sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, but also give us the opportunity to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.
THIS CREATIVE WRITING SESSION’S TASK
We engaged in a series of creative writing tasks during this session but I have chosen just the one to share here. The creative writing facilitator asked us to write about “what are some of the things we really dislike in life“. It was to be in the form of a rant! A rant being a tirade writing piece that is like a ‘shout at length’ in an angry, impassioned way. This rant needed to be completed within a 5 minute period of time, without hesitancy, with energy and without holding back. At the completion of the time frame we were encouraged to count the number of words written and compare this number with the number of words written in a previous rant we wrote earlier in the session. It was interesting to note that most of us had increased our word count as we progressed from one rant to the next. It was as though we were loosening up our creative brains, telling our creative brain not to hold back and to not senor ourselves, in other words, give ourselves permission to write freely.
MY CREATIVE WRITING RANT!
Title: “…Things I dislike…”
“I dislike being called ‘love’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘dearie’ or ‘darling’! I find these titles, these pet names, these excuses for not remembering a person’s name demeaning, annoying. I feel like saying to the person “don’t you remember my name or if you don’t remember my name, I would rather be called nothing at all instead of ‘love’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘dearie’ or ‘darling'”.
It’s difficult to know where this dislike comes from within me? Perhaps it is because as I was growing up and as a young woman, my name represented my entire identity and sometimes it was all I owned.
I know when a relative of mine calls me darling, I feel myself wincing. I get this almost impulsive feeling of wanting to snap back with a very sarcastic ‘darrrlllliiiinnnggg how are you!!!”. But instead what I do in reality is just continue on with polite conversation, ignoring the fact that this relative for over 30 years now has called me ‘darling’ despite the fact that I call them by their given name and not ‘love’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘dearie’ or ‘darling’!
Word Count 184
© Karen Robinson, 29th July 2015
RANT WRITING REFLECTION!
The creative writing facilitator asked us to then consider how we felt after writing our rant. I felt better – it actually rationalised my thoughts in regards to this thing I dislike. That there was not much logic in having those feelings towards the thing I disliked, that really I could just ignore the dislike and put in a box called ‘not worth worrying about’!
CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!
Art Work Story – She is saying “Darrrlllliiiinnnggg how are you!!!”
After each creative writing session, I personally wanted to use my creative writing stories to inspire an art work. These artworks are not ‘masterpieces’ but are an important part of a therapeutic process that I enjoy; and helps complete my art for therapy journey after each creative writing group session. These particular paintings/art works are produced in a quick and spontaneous manner and are unlike my other painting method which is planned and takes many, many hours to complete. I enjoy both methods!
Once again, after our creative writing session, we headed off to the local restaurant to share a meal together and engage in good conversation – such a wonderful privilege. Thank you for joining me on this Creative Writing Group Session Journey! Please click here to view previous Creative Writing Group Sessions.
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I also dislike being called Sweetie or Dear, especially by strangers. I want to say I’m not your ‘Sweetie’ but I tend to stay quiet and ignore the unwelcome salutation. I love the art piece that goes with the creative writing. I can just see those lips uttering the words you dislike.
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Thank you Mama – yes it’s something that either grates on your nerves or you think it is a term of endearment but I just find it annoying and a little disrespectful. I love that you have understood the lips uttering those words … warm regards Karen
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Great post, daaah… Karen! Your art piece really got my attention…. and it’s not darling, it’s colorful and textural and has every precious word right there! It’s riotous and so fun.
These are such inspiring posts, Karen, and I thank you for sharing so generously. Honestly, nothing about your presence can be reduced to pithy terms of endearment.
This character brings down the house with aplomb.
You are great art, karen robinson. 🙂
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Thank you so much Meredith for commenting in such a way! Just so good – it really gives me a boost knowing that by sharing has a positive impact…much appreciation Karen