If you’re like a lot of people…
You mean to write, but unless you’re in a class or have a writing deadline, suddenly the whole day has disappeared and the writing never happen. On top of that, most of us have a nasty little voice in our head telling us what our writing should sound like and whether it’s any good – voices that make it virtually impossible to 1) have a good time writing, and 2) get any ink on the page.
Over the last 30 years I have made it my business to find ways to cut through that tangle of crap so that we can actually get something beautiful onto the page.
Wild Writing is the very best practice that hundreds of my students have used to break through writer’s block, to relax into the sound of their natural voices and to get to the heart of what they want to write about. It’s also extremely healing.
Up until now, in order to Wild Write with me, you needed to live near me in Northern California, get a spot in one of my small online video classes or join the Wild Writing Family. With 27 Wilder Days, I’m bringing the Wild Writing practice to you at home through a series of short videos that will arrive in your inbox each day for 27 days.
In each video I will share some delicious aspect of the practice that has served me for the last 30 years, as well as read you a poem and give you a jump off line to get you started. From there you’ll write for 15 minutes, and then boom, you’re done. You don’t have to stay glued to the chair for an hour every day to become a better writer. 15 minutes a day is an easy, graceful start, and I think you’ll be delighted by what kind of magic you’re able to make.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn…
- How to get past the critical voice in your head and get a lot of ink on the page.
- How to follow your intuition, letting it guide the words coming out of you.
- How to fall into the flow of unedited writing and get a little lost.
- How to land in your native voice and not get trapped in sounding writerly.
- How to put some skin in the game, open the kimono and tell the truth on the page.
- How to let go of the concept of good or bad writing and simply write.
- How to be comfortable being uncomfortable so you can stay with the writing even when you don’t like it.
- How to move past journaling and into more of a story.
“Though I’ve been a student of Laurie’s Wild Writing classes for over a dozen years, I can say that Laurie’s 27 Wilder Days series is as fresh and powerful as Laurie’s live class. Each daily prompt quietly inspires, ignites, and nourishes the writing practice.”
“I love what Laurie created with this virtual wild writing. Poetry as a portal to writing is fantastic, and I really enjoyed the authors shared. The simplicity and authenticity of the invitation to put some skin in the game, to show up was very compelling and freeing.”
Questions you might have…
Will Wild Writing make me a better writer?
Definitely. Learning to write without editing is a beautiful way to find the flow and flow is what you want when you’re writing.
Will you teach me anything about grammar and punctuation?
Nope. We’re up to something entirely different here.
What style of writing can I do with Wild Writing?
Poetry, prose, personal essay. I have seen fiction writers use Wild Writing, but it’s really great for personal writing.
Will you be looking at my writing?
Nope. It’s just for you.
Can I hire you to look at my writing?
Maybe. Sometimes I do that.
Can I turn this writing into blog posts or personal essays?
You sure can. That’s what I do.
Will there be a Facebook group to share the work?
But what if I want to share the work?
Sign up with a friend, do the writing together and read to one another. Or find a loving friend who thinks you’re the bee’s knees and loves the sound of your voice.
Does this class have a start date?
Nope, it’s self-paced. When you sign up it starts.
But what if I can’t keep up with the daily emails?
No problem. You’ll always have them. Go at your own pace.
“Laurie will ask tough and often provocative questions. She’ll urge you to think beyond what you’ve thought before and to go places you might not want to go. Trust her. She knows what she’s doing. Listen, take it all in, and most importantly, put forth the effort. I went from being an expat housewife to #1 New York Times bestselling author. I don’t know that I could have done it without Laurie’s wisdom and guidance. If I can do it, so can you.”
“I loved the whole process. The videos. The poems. The jumping off options.
I set an intention to do more writing or activities that would support more writing. I booked two trips. One was for a week in Mexico where I read a book a day for a week. I was inspired by one of the books I read and have now booked for a week-long writing retreat in Portugal.
Thank you for 27 Wilder Days Online. It got me back to writing.”
“You don’t know me. I found you through Jen Louden, I believe, or Andrea Scher for sure. I recall thinking I need to know this wild writing technique! I am a blogger/online persona and been at it for 8 years. I lost my writing umph over the years and vowed to fall back in love with it.
Natalie Goldberg started my year and I’ve been doing your class the last 15 days or so. I am keeping up slowly! Going to day 13 tomorrow! I just wanted to thank you, not only have I fallen back in love with writing, I have written very powerful stuff. But mostly, I am CREATIVE again! I see poems and instantly get writing ideas. It’s beautiful! Thank you!”
Have more questions?
I’m happy to answer them. Find me at [email protected]
Wild Writing is a beautiful practice for writers at any level,
and certainly for people who have never picked up a pen and given writing a try.
I hope you’ll join me for 27 Wilder Days, your Wild Writing home practice.
All new poems and thoughts and writing prompts!