Welcome to Wild Woman Writer, I’m Morgan and I’m so glad you stopped by! If you feel disconnected, wishing you could chat with your soul, and want to get your words on the page, you are in the right place!
- Get Moving Monday – Connect to your soul through music and movement with a prompt to ponder and write through the week.
- Wise Words Wednesday – Quotes and inspiration for your soul journey, also a check in for Monday’s prompt.
- Friday Insights: Food, energy, and collaborating with your soul to channel your words.
Dance came first, the words came later. It was dance that freed my words, freed my soul. -MDragonwillow
I fell in love with words when I was eight years old. I didn’t know what a love affair it would be. How could I? I was 8-years-old. I just knew that the world of books and writing were an adventure I wanted to explore. I didn’t know that it would become one of my greatest sources of pain and – ultimately – one of my greatest joys.
“Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts”
As a child – painful words, words cracking open my heart and stifling my voice, my words, my creativity until I felt broken – I believed I wasn’t good enough to write or publish books (or anything else for that matter) for a long time. I even stopped reading for the most part because it was dangerous in my house growing up to be caught reading for any reason except for school.
I became a voracious reader as an adult with an unquenchable appetite for books. 50 of my favorite authors.
Growing up in a controlling household created a perfectionist within me that was always striving to get it right and perfect even though that was impossible, to a point that if I thought I couldn’t get it right the first time, I wouldn’t do it at all. I didn’t know that procrastination could be a sign of perfectionism, I was told I was lazy and believed it. Once I understood that it was perfectionism getting in the way, I began breathing through (and telling myself it was okay to make mistakes) one small creative thing at a time. Now I can create in many different forms without feeling like I am going to hyperventilate. If perfectionism interferes with your creativity, try this.
Words called to me, again and again, but for the most part I let fear stop me from writing until around 47-years-old. That’s when I said, “Enough is enough!”
I gathered my courage and allowed myself to get serious (and playful) about writing. As Hillel the Elder said, “And if not now, when?”
Stops and starts, pouring my heart onto the page, I began to find my voice.
I discovered I could say things within poetry that I couldn’t say anywhere else. I pour my blood onto the page for all to see and as I say in my poem, Where Do Our Words Come From:
“…but the words have a life of their own
they refuse to be still
moving from place to place
begging to be born…”
Poetry is… playing with your words until you breathe life into them.
Dancing has been an important part of my life since the first time I danced in my living room as a child (one of the few fond memories I have of my mother). When I began taking my writing seriously, I realized that dancing was a large contributing factor to how I connect-in to my muse, my soul, the universe or whatever you want to call it. If the words get stuck, I move to the music, I allow the music to move through me, and the words begin to flow again.
When I dance
the world falls away
possibilities come alive
my blood races through me
I am one with the music
with the earth
with my muse
with the universe
with the Divine
Music sets a mood for the dance, for writing – before during and after. As for writing, it pulls the words out and has them dancing onto the page.
What Inspires Me
Natalie Goldberg has been a major source of inspiration and has helped me to be more courageous in my writing. I turn to her again and again, especially her book, Writing Down the Bones. Thank you Natalie Goldberg, for your words, your thoughts, your struggles, that help motivate me to dive deeper.
More Posts Showing My Journey:
Yes I am a Control Freak Perfectionist (and a Recovering Perfectionist)
Where you can find Morgan Dragonwillow and her books:
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