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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. At other times these sessions take me back in time challenging forgotten memories. These creative writing sessions not only give us an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give us the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.
CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
During this creative writing session, our facilitator gave us an instruction to think of a single moment as a carer of another that has been a moment that has stayed with us. It was within a short period of time that I was able to recall such a moment. It was a time when I was caring for my husband and where I found myself having to find enough strength for the both of us – in order that we could get through what was ahead of us in the months to come.
MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
Title: “How Precious Time Is…”
“I said to my husband “I have to get your prescription filled before we leave the hospital”. In my own mind – I knew this was going to take some time to process the script and that leaving my husband standing, waiting for me wasn’t going to work as he was very frail. He had just finished receiving another dose of chemotherapy and once again he was very pale, withdrawn, sickly and weak, he looked like death. I hadn’t seen death before like this but he looked like he was near death – I was fearful. I said to him “Just sit here whilst I walk across here to get your script”. He dutifully sat – looking like a shell of the person he used to be, more fear filled me – I was afraid he would not live through these terrible chemotherapy treatments. I feared I was losing the man I used to know. I feared leaving him to just walk a number of steps away from him that he would fall over and hurt himself, I feared leaving him for just a few moments.
This image, this feeling of what I was thinking, at this particular time in my life, has not left me and my now well husband has no memory of these moments. I am so grateful that we are at the other side of this time in our lives, and this experience has left me understanding, just how precious our time together has been and still is…even today!”
© Karen Robinson, October 2015
CREATIVE WRITING INSPIRING ART!
After each creative writing session, I personally like 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!
What I find most extraordinary is how by being given a word, a sentence to write about can take the writer back to a point in time. Our minds are like a huge vault that contain life’s many memories which have been tucked away for safe keeping. I was amazed how I was able to recall this particular story about my husband in such detail.
Writing and sharing our stories within these creative writing sessions – gives us all an opportunity to reveal to ourselves and to others – if we wish, matters that may be unresolved, things we seek to bring into our lives and/or just the pure joy of being able to articulate words without judgement. And perhaps just for our own personal need to say out loud in a safe and secure environment amongst like-minded people. Creative writing therapy at its best I feel…
© Karen Robinson, October 2015
NB: For the purposes of this weblog series “Creative Writing Group”, I will not be mentioning any names or personal details of participants or even the name of the organisation that runs the sessions. Individuals have the right to privacy, so it will only be about my own experience – and broad statements about each particular session. I hope you will understand.
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Ive read a number of books and articles on creativity and he doesnt seem to be adding much to what is already there. I’m interested in the idea of post traumatic growth though – Ive suffered from life-long depression as a result of early experience which I’ve only really got into (accepted and integrated) in the last decade – and I now deal with isolation through writing, reading and other creative endeavours. So I may check out the book for that section!
Thank you for taking the time to read my book review Erik. It’s a first for me and appreciate your comments. I can understand how it must be disappointing that the authors haven’t added anything much more in the way of new information within this book. Luckily for me then that I haven’t read any of their other work previously, so that has turned out to be an advantage for me then – thankfully. For those whom haven’t read some of their work beforehand – the book ‘Wired to Create’ still then presents as a good read I feel. I am sorry to read of your life-long suffering with depression Erik and glad that you have been able to find some comfort through your writing, reading and other creative endeavours. In ‘Wire to Create’ there is a small section on post-traumatic growth but not extensive. From what I understand, it has only been the last ten years where the term post-traumatic growth has been seriously considered as something that’s a process where people whom has experience trauma experiences and then receive good/appropriate support can actually come out the other side of that experience with a renewed understanding about themselves and a positive feeling about life. But naturally – having not experienced a traumatic event in the first place would have been best but having done, having the right help/support from loved ones and the wider community can mean a person can be a happy productive person/community member when having had the chance to experienced post-traumatic growth. This is what I understand and have experienced personally myself. Hope all goes well for you in the future Erik and keep up with your creative endeavours … sincerely Karen