The Spark, Part 3- In which getting down to the nitty gritty can help free our soul


By Pattie Beaven

The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Creativity in Your Life has helped me hone my writing to be about me, for me, and from me. To understand the significance of these three, we need to get down to the messy depths of our soul. It’s time to get personal.

3)   Get messy and personal

Write down a few gritty details of your life. Write three memories you are afraid will bubble up as you make your creative life.

Find your creative voice-

What are your 3 most joyful experiences

What are your most painful experiences

10 things for which you are grateful

Kindest thing anyone ever said to you or about you

What brings the absolute most happiness to you

What is something you’ve never told anyone

What are your all-time favorite movies, books, and/or songs?

Best dream you’ve ever had in life

When do you feel beautiful

When do you feel the most alive

What makes you feel loved

What would you grab if your house was on fire


Learn to work for ourselves-

Do something alone, just for you, by yourself, in the middle of nowhere, in a hidden place, or out with no one around. Here’s the tricky part, don’t tell anyone about it or talk about it to anyone. Ever. Whatever you create, let it be your own secret.


Feel the process

How you do anything is how you do everything

Each moment you spend tending to your Spark, the more your life will go in that direction. Begin to notice it so you understand what helps you as you work.

The more energy you spend on your passion and the more your creative passion reveals itself to you, the more it will grow.

Feel the process-

Get ready to get ready

Let work be the reward

Some creative people thrive under pressure

Be patient as you find your voice and your wings

Exercise to try- explain your process

Are you a footdragger or a procrastinator? Or are you tenacious? Do you like to fly solo or do you like having wingmen? Is your work slow and steady or pants on fire? How do you respond to deadlines? Do goals help push you? Write down your goals and post them where you can see them.

What is your best time of day? When do you feel the most creative and the most energy? When are you sluggish, tired, or drained? What gives you energy?

Writing is a personal thing. Sure we write to share with the world our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and stories, but if we have no passion for what we write, really, what’s the point? Looking within ourselves, and especially doing the exercise of writing or creating something without telling anyone, having your secret project, was important to me. I know, I probably wasn’t even supposed to tell you that much. Let yourself into your creative projects. Let the world look into your soul when they read your pages. Your work is important and the world could use a little more honest soul-bearing.

For me, it’s good that I am writing a fitness book because I have found for my process I am often more energized, focused, and even creative after I’ve worked out. Ironically, I sometimes schedule my writing sessions before my afternoon workout with my husband, and those sessions are usually very blasse. I might get my word count in for the day, but it’s forced. However, place me in front of my work after I’ve gotten my sweat on, and watch the words flow.

As much as I love my writing groups and do get somewhat inspired, especially after a feedback or reading session, I still feel that I am a private writer. Maybe I’m not as productive on some days as others, but I don’t view writing as a social activity.

Everyone is different. Some of us drag our feet until we get into the groove and then we are tenacious in finishing a chapter. Some of us can start our writing on a dime, like punching a time clock and write all day until it’s time to go home, or change activities, or eat. Some of us need to perform full shamanic rituals before we feel we are ready to write. Some plug in our headphones and jam to music. Others listen only to the tip-tapping of our fingers on the keyboard. Some of us close the door to keep our obnoxious cats from bothering us. Others welcome the warm affection our furry friends give us while we write. There is no wrong process. It’s how you do you, and that’s the beauty of getting messy with our work.




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