Deciding to Play

I am in the process of manifesting a small, tight knit Patreon. It is still in the planning stage but one development is that I will be working, collaborating with Vlad of Vlad’s Mobile Art Studio (@vlads_mobileartstudio) to establish a creative playground. This is a post that may appear on the Patreon.

The Fool from the Everyday Witch is eager to join in the fun!

If there is one thing a writer knows it is fear and desire. Every time I begin a new writing class I am confronted with participants who have the look of a rabbit caught in the headlights. The fear and desire is palpable as they hold notebooks with clean white pages and pens that have spent far too long sitting, lazily, in caddies that sit upon  writing desks along with other tools of the trade.

Sadly, many of the people I have worked with are casualties of formal education. They have been damaged by teachers who have told them that they have not done something right, or who have diminished the value of their work. So many have never really been provided with unconditional support. I have found that when I produce my magic medicine first aid kit and discard all the so called ‘rule books’, those who trust the process and engage, are encouraged to be themselves. Everyone flourishes, produce extraordinarily creative work and we all end up clapping one another and celebrating.

One good way to start is to ask yourself “What would Vlad do?” This is a technique called Figure Storming! In figure storming, the group picks a well-known figure who is not in the room—it could be a boss, a fictional character, or a well-known public figure—and discuss how that person would approach the problem or think about this idea. What Vlad did do was throw in the illusions of the corporate world she had worked in. She bought an RV, Vesper bike and a tent to set up as a mobile art studio and hit the road.

In the book that accompanies her Tarot, Monicka Sakki Sakki explores just what a Fool, who has no idea of what to do with the pencil he is given, ends up doing with the pencil. Her Fool, as all good fools are prone to do, goes on a creative journey and meets each member of the Major Arcana, ultimately triumphing and naming himself ‘Artist’.

What if I gave you a piece of paper that identified what will be your ‘great work’? Would you scrunch it up or take few deep breaths, take the leap, play with the symbolism that surrounds us and just see what happens? Can you trust the process?

Perhaps begin by writing about taking a leap of faith or about what you have in that swag over your shoulder. Don’t worry about grammar, sentence structure or try to write anything profound. Literally just spew words onto the page.

See the words appearing on the page! See! You are no longer looking at a blank page!

Now was that really so hard?

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