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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 me an opportunity to engage in creative writing exercises, they also give me the opportunity – to listen to others whilst they share their precious words.
CREATIVE WRITING SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
During this creative writing session, the creative writing facilitator asked us to choose from a bag of an assortment of bird feathers – just one single feather that resonated with ourselves. I chose the feather featured in the photograph above. We were then asked to write a short story about our feather, anything that came to mind. The below is what a wrote and I titled it ‘Beautiful Other’.
MY CREATIVE WRITING PIECE
— Beautiful Other —
You are long and sleek and there’s a fine vane running through your centre, holding together a delicate array of very fine feathers. You stare back at me, in a sophisticated way, dressed in blacks, dark midnight navies and soft, sky blue colours. At your very tip there is a white colour which looks like you have stopped short of being finished. I imagine you, in the wing, in flight, soaring up into fluffy, white clouds and then gliding down, down, down towards an open field looking for prey.
I now imagine you heading back towards your shelter, as dark, thunderous clouds trample across the sky ready to open up and let free winter rains from pregnant clouds.
It’s now midnight, and I know the darkness has caused you to rest in one of your caves of choice, where you are safe and secure, where you rest your tired and weary wings and dream of the next day’s flying adventures.
Night has past and the sun is now rising. There is a column of sunlight reaching into your cave and alerting you that it’s time to wake. You open and stretch out your wings with a vigour that signals that you are strong and ready for what is ahead in your day. A gentle breeze enters the cave, and you take flight and glide towards the cave opening and out into a chilly but beautiful dawn.
In your sight there comes another, just like you, and you head towards this beautiful other with a sense of anticipation, a sense that this is the one. With little acknowledgment, you fly off together out into the breathtakingly blue skies and up, up, up towards the heavens…
Prose © Karen Robinson - October 2015
I found it hard at first to get into writing about my feather story but all of a sudden my story took shape in my imagination, took flight you could say! It was a very enjoyable task and I loved being able to just write what ever came to mind, to write about something joyful and beautiful. Left me feeling good…
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 is 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/or 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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