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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 just one word and that word was ‘Solitaire‘. With this one word we were asked to go about writing a short piece, there were no restrictions – just what thoughts came to each of us and write about it was the instruction. What came to me firstly – was that it could be a card game, but a card game you played on your own – solo without others and this was the source of my inspiration for my writing piece.
MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
Title: “Not A Game – But A Real Necessity”
Solitaire – it’s a card game you play alone. It’s when you have decided to be alone -- the, sometimes, most enjoyable times when being alone can be just blissful when there is no need to satisfy someone else’s needs or wants when there is a silence that brings a sense of peacefulness within and the chatter in the brain winds down to a quiet hum. It can be a time to recharge the inner child so that the adult can function properly instead of being an out of control beast. Yes, Solitaire… not a game but a real necessity. And when this Solitaire, this game of being alone comes to an end it presents a time to reunite with daily life refreshed and renewed enabling oneself to throw one’s arms around life once again, with gusto! Prose Poem ©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!
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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