Writing Prompts – Experience Change and Open to Your Inner Writer

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Day 2 of Experience Change and Open to Your Inner Writer. How did things go for you yesterday? Did you dance with the questions and get your words flowing a bit? Did you find where your words felt stuck in your body? Did anything come up that you would like to discuss? Remember to take care of yourself during this writing journey.

Today we are talking about the masculine and how it can help or stop our writing process. Each of us has both the masculine and the feminine within. The masculine is the action taker and the feminine is the intuitive dreamer.

This isn’t about what a woman is or what a man is. This is about the masculine and feminine that work together within that make us a whole person. When they are working in balance, you’re taking action on your dreams and making them a reality. When they are out of balance you’re filled with anxiety over the fact that you really want to be a writer but something is keeping you out of the seat.

Making friends with your Inner Masculine

To get back in balance you need to have a discussion with your inner masculine. Below you will find the questions to help you create a dialogue with your inner masculine as well as discover what broke off communication in the first place.

 

Today’s Writing Prompts:

 

Read the questions, choose which one/s you want to work with and then listen and dance/move to the music below.

  1. What are your beliefs about the masculine, make a list of them.
  2. What did the masculine represent within your family when you were growing up?
  3. Ask your inner masculine what is needed for him to restore cooperation and communication with the feminine within.
  4. How does your past and current relationships reflect how you feel about the masculine?
  5. Free write about the masculine asking, “How can I make friends with my inner masculine and return to balance?”

It is time to play some music, dance and move to get the words flowing. With the first song dance out any resistance you are feeling around communicating with the inner masculine. Dance out anything that is bothering  you, let go of anything that needs to be let go of. During the second song, set the intention of connecting to your inner masculine, and dance to connect in. With the third song reaffirm your relationship with your inner masculine.  You may choose to write between each song or you may decide to dance to all three and then write. Write whatever came up for you during the dance or ask the questions above to get things started. Don’t worry about anything but getting your words on the page.

Be kind to yourself during this process.

Take your time in writing that which wants to come through you and onto the page.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you found this beneficial. Join me tomorrow for more questions to help you blow out the stuck places and get those words flowing.

*The words that are in both bold and italics are words that you can reflect upon as well during this experiential journey.

Share your thoughts about this process, whether you are joining in, or any questions you may have. If you blog about it please come back and share your link in the comments below.

 

PageLines- picture20193.jpgMorgan Dragonwillow: Rebel dancing with words, intuitive cook, recovering perfectionist, poet & author that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo, and you can find her at, A Poet’s Kitchen, cooking up simply delicious meals. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she’s a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn’t.
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12 thoughts on “Writing Prompts – Experience Change and Open to Your Inner Writer

    • Thank you Lisa and you are probably right. I met Tui on her blog a couple of years ago and we have been friends ever since. I love making new friends! Thank you so much for the Award! I will accept it gracefully and not bore you with a speech, this time. 😉

      Glad to hear you are in touch with your inner masculine, some of us aren’t so lucky.

      See you around the net waves!

  1. To work out, I do exercise to How to Train Your Dragon and the spinoff shorts and television series; lately I’ve used a similar workout for the film Tangled. I adapted the ones attributed to female characters in both films to the first piece of music, masculine ones to male characters for the second clip, and pushups and planks associated with dragons to the third clip. It was a case where I couldn’t just stop and write.

    3. My inner masculinity will cooperate with me when I write about boys or male characters, like my webcomic character Schulz. Boys don’t think that much differently from girls, but a good number have trouble with expressing feelings in real life, or with showing comfort with the other gender. Especially in the light of the Santa Barbara murders and teh #YesAllWomen tag, it seems that I have less in common with men that I thought. For me, masculinity is more of a biological than a psychological base, and something that doesn’t define my strength; thus, this exercise was an eye opener and one that I may have needed to do while slugging through a piece of serial fiction for a blogging challenge. I know how to write men and boys, but I don’t know if masculinity is a strong part of me.

    • Lovely insights Priya. There is a lot going on right now with the energies of the inner masculine (not the same as masculinity) and it might be beneficial to come back and revisit this post, read from beginning to end, and choose other questions to work with. I’ve decided not to write a new post for today because I feel that I, and probably others, need to work with these energies before moving on to the next stage.

      Tuesday I will post the next set of questions.

      Peace to you.

  2. All right, I think I’m going to answer question three based on the reading that you kindly provided for me.

    3. Ask your inner masculine what is needed for him to restore cooperation and communication with the feminine within.

    If my inner masculine is the urge to thrust new ideas into a new land, probably what it needs is some restraint, but also some maturity. I suffer from an overabundance of ideas, much like the character in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic “Calliope,” and compulsion to do everything at once. A combination of these have helped me slowly become more productive over the summer, though I am very much unfocused. I need to be able to balance what I have to do, thanks to deadlines and guaranteed returns, with what I want to do, which is write nonsense.

    • Good work Priya, I think my inner masculine would love for me to set clearly defined goals without changing my mind all of the time. It would make it much easier for the inner masculine to help me reach my goals. I hop from writing project to writing project and can’t just stick to one.

      Today I danced with resistance because I realized I was having resistance to working with the questions myself, which was my original intent of posting them. I came up with a poem about resistance that I will be posting later, once I edit it.

      Thank you for showing up and doing the work!

      *Hugs*

  3. So glad to see Lisa Reiter over here at your blog! 😀

    I’m winding down from my day, so I’m not going to dance with these questions until tomorrow. I mainly just wanted to let you know that I dropped by.

    In general, I feel very comfy with my inner masculine. Like Lisa, I was quite a tomboy growing up. Still, it is good to take a look at one’s assumptions.

    I’m going to re-read your post and sleep on it! 😀

    • As I let others know, the inner masculine isn’t about traits, that’s masculinity. The inner masculine is the action taker, that part of ourselves that takes action on our dreams and goals to help us achieve them. If your inner masculine is out of balance it can show up in procrastination and self sabotage keeping you from achieving your desires.

      Glad you stopped by to check it out and I hope you come back to ponder it some more!

      Hugs!

  4. I liked the comment about there is both masculine and feminine within, and I agree with that. I like to personify certain aspects of my mind or emotion (my logic, fears, the critical thinker, the one that gives the needed tough love) whether they be human or some sort of animal or creature. I would like to believe that in my head exists a me that is my male counterpart, which I didn’t really think about until I had to do an assignment for a college class (a creative assignment) where I wrote about what would happen if I woke up as the opposite sex but still had the same mind (I woke up in a boy’s body but still had my female mind). So it gave me time to think about it.

    3. As of now, he needs to be more open about what it is he’s thinking at times, if he is the opposite of myself then he would know what happens when you lock everything away. Like we have a netural agreement that hidding emotions and our worries is never good for us, but he’s prone to forgetting that. He’s meant to be a critical part of my process when writing out male characters, and I can’t get much by studying his body language alone. I know he is capable of expressing words the way I do, he just needs to follow through with it.

    (P.S. when I listened to the first song, I started imagining us dancing in a waltz style at some sort of fancy party, don’t know where it came from though.)

    • Thanks for participating in the Experience Change and Open to Your Inner Writer Corissa. Very interesting paper for your college class and I would have loved to have read some of those papers.

      Just to be clear, the Inner Masculine is not the opposite of you. The inner masculine isn’t the same as masculinity or the masculine part of yourself. It is the part of you that is the action taker on your dreams and your goals. When the inner masculine is out of balance it can show up as procrastination and self sabotage.

      Peace to you.

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