Starting today on this blog, you are invited to go on a week-long adventure to discover some of your inner heroes. The class is called Writing Yourself Whole, because it is a deep-writing journaling class. There are six inner heroes you are going to discover, and you’ll do it by facing the inner critics you know so well.
For new readers, “Inner critic” is the negative self-talk we use to beat ourselves up about our shortcomings or skills we don’t have. Often we are scared of the skills we do have, and fear they are not enough. The inner critic is always about what we feel we don’t have enough of (lack) and someone taking our ideas or mistreating us because of our creativity (attack.)
Some inner critics are ones you may not have thought were destructive to your creativity. Sometimes inner critics show up in people we know, people we work with or in our family. The negative self talk we use on ourselves is much more easily heard from someone else. They are being “helpful” or “fixing” us in someway. We don’t know how to handle it because they keep telling us that they have our best interests at heart or that some idea they are proposing are “industry standards,” and we don’t quite measure up.
We will learn about inner heroes through knowledge of our inner critics. It’s easier to discover where our bravery grows if we have the inner critic leads us to the places we need to be brave.
The course will appear on this blog, for the next six days. Here is what you will need if you want to participate in Write Yourself Whole:
- Something to write in. You can use a journal, or write on a series of index cards, to keep the inner heroes separate and in front of you.
- This is not an art journal course. You can turn it into one, if you prefer. But I created it to open your heart through deep writing.
- You’ll need a timer–a mechanical one or one on your phone, or an app.
- A pen or pencil of any sort that you really like writing with. This is important. It has to be comfortable.
That’s it. Choose a time that works for you and get ready to write regularly (about the same time each day) for a week. You don’t need to post your answers on this blog. Keep them in a journal, where you will be able to use them in the future. Your inner critic doesn’t go away.
The class is pay-as-you-want. You don’t have to pay a thing. If you want to contribute, you might want to work through the first two days before you decide to contribute. That way, experience will help decide value. If you want to pay, you can use the buttons on my website. WordPress. com blogs (like this one) can’t use pay buttons, so you will need to use the button on the website. And only if you want.
Reach tomorrow’s class by clicking on the right-facing arrow above the blog post, or go here: http://wp.me/p2H1i-3Iz
There are benefits to some of the contributing.
Contribute $30, and you will receive six postcards. (Two each of three different collage postcards). The collages are of a raven, a pear, and a tree, all done in type. You can see the collages here.
Contribute $50, and you will receive a copy of my book, The Inner Hero Creative Art Journal.
Contribute $75 and you will receive both my DVDs “Art Journals Unbound”–ways to gather and keep your free-standing journal pages–and “Monsoon Papers,” making the beautiful, color-saturated papers that became my signature style.
Or, you can donate any amount you want. But again, only if you find value. Go to the classes page and scroll down to the “donate” button.
–Quinn McDonald is a blogger, writer, and a certified creativity coach. She has a whole group of Inner Heroes, developed through confronting her own Inner Critics. She is the author of The Inner Hero Creative Art Journal.