Finding the Juice

I love when they cry!  I love when pens are moving and tears are streaming.  I love when they surprise themselves with emotion as they read their writing out loud for the first time.  It means that they hit a vein and found their juice – their itch, their humanity, and their power.   

Under our everyday selves, we carry our histories – our multitude of stories and emotions.  We all have too many stories to carry in our conscious minds.  Most of them get tucked away beneath our obligations, our to-do lists and our highlights reel.  Lynda Barry, one of my writing mentors, calls these stories “the unthought known.”  These are the things that sculpt us into who we are.
 
Stories build bridges.  They allow us to walk in each other’s skin. That is the writing that thrills me.  I love reading it.  I love writing it, and I love facilitating it in others. 
 
Powerful writing is like a doodle – one that is beautiful, but could never have been thought into being.  They are both born out of playfulness, fearlessness and a moving hand.
 
Writing has been reminding me that life is also art unfolding.  I am learning to trust that I can’t think up the magic.  I am learning to move forward, following my passion, trusting that I will find the juice…

Where do you find your juice?

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  • harry

    harry Highcation

    my juice comes from kale, cucumber, carrot, cranberry and the collective unconscious (with some honey and oj). i don't know what it will taste like, and its different each time; but if i trust my instinct, set aside my fear, and go with the collective unconscious, i often get great results...(did that metaphor work?) i am so happy you met Lucky and the ghosts didn't haunt. you sound thrilled about the experience. yea!

    my juice comes from kale, cucumber, carrot, cranberry and the collective unconscious (with some honey and oj). i don't know what it will taste like, and its different each time; but if i trust my instinct, set aside my fear, and go with the collective unconscious, i often get great results...(did that metaphor work?)
    i am so happy you met Lucky and the ghosts didn't haunt. you sound thrilled about the experience. yea!

  • Denise

    Denise

    Hey Harry. I think the trusting your instinct part is key, and a little kale can't hurt... Yes, it was a great couple of days, and I learned that the scariest ghosts are the ones that live in my imagination. I loved the workshop. I easily could have done a second day, and the Inn was lovely. I look forward to going back.

    Hey Harry. I think the trusting your instinct part is key, and a little kale can't hurt... Yes, it was a great couple of days, and I learned that the scariest ghosts are the ones that live in my imagination. I loved the workshop. I easily could have done a second day, and the Inn was lovely. I look forward to going back.

  • Jeanenne

    Jeanenne Downingtown

    Hi Denise! I've been practicing your trick for relaxing in the cold and although it must take practice I love the idea and the way that you relay all of your experiences with your audience. It was so great to see you at the roaring 20's event...you are a quiet person with a light from within, and a fabulous hugger :) Sorry it took so long to finally comment on here, but I was actually a little bit intimidated to write after reading your blog and stories. You have such a gift and I enjoy and look forward to reading more and hopefully catching another gig soon! Here's to relaxing into warmth beyond the chill. cheers and continued luck on your journey!

    Hi Denise!
    I've been practicing your trick for relaxing in the cold and although it must take practice I love the idea and the way that you relay all of your experiences with your audience.
    It was so great to see you at the roaring 20's event...you are a quiet person with a light from within, and a fabulous hugger smile Sorry it took so long to finally comment on here, but I was actually a little bit intimidated to write after reading your blog and stories. You have such a gift and I enjoy and look forward to reading more and hopefully catching another gig soon!
    Here's to relaxing into warmth beyond the chill.

    cheers and continued luck on your journey!

  • Denise

    Denise

    Jeanenne! I am so glad you wrote. I don't generally know who is reading my writings, and it is good to hear from folks on the other end. In one way, writing reaches a lot of people, and in another, it is an extremely solitary thing to do. Please know that I never judge, and I hope you will join in the conversation again. It was great to connect with you at that event, and I do hope you are able to come to another show. I have one next weekend, and that is likely to be the last until spring. Sending a hug, Denise

    Jeanenne! I am so glad you wrote. I don't generally know who is reading my writings, and it is good to hear from folks on the other end. In one way, writing reaches a lot of people, and in another, it is an extremely solitary thing to do. Please know that I never judge, and I hope you will join in the conversation again.

    It was great to connect with you at that event, and I do hope you are able to come to another show. I have one next weekend, and that is likely to be the last until spring.

    Sending a hug,

    Denise

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