I did not invent this; I found my way to it intuitively. And at the time, I named it process-oriented writing before I heard it had already been named. Ira Progoff, Ph.D., is one of the hallmark leaders in the development of process-oriented writing. And there have been many others who have taken this idea and run far and wide with it. This is part of my spiel on it–the one I wrote on my brochure when I was giving creative writing workshops.
“In a fast-paced, product-oriented society, process is equated with laboring. We want the prize and we want it now! We continually discover that once we achieve a particular goal, dissatisfaction sets in and we fixate on the next goal and the next. Understanding this, leads one to appreciate–PROCESS–which is the never-ending journey. To be a writer of depth, it helps to engage your own process.”
We live in a society that is bent towards PRODUCT at all costs. We want something complete. Something SELLABLE. Something desirable (to ourselves, our audience or our clients). We think that we want these things above all else.
The creative spirit sees this goal-orientation differently than the popular norm. The creative spirit wants to re-create you as it potentially creates a product! In other words, the finished product is sort of a by-product of your own creative process. While the creative spirit wants a commitment from you–that you are going to show up to the page, the canvas, the draft table, workbench or sewing machine, it also wants to break free from the requirements of a system that doesn’t truly elevate the intention of the creative spirit–that is, fostering your own growth.
Contemplate the flux and flow of your own creative process over the course of your life. When you were in process with a piece, were you excited? Did you feel anticipation, anxiety even? Did you get stymied, stuck and have pitfalls that ultimately lead to breakthroughs?
Choose a work in process which you’ve tucked away for sometime or a piece that you are presently working on. Get quiet and present; reread what you’ve already written, at least some of it, and then enter into the energy of this piece. Continue from where you left off, following your flow with this piece. Write for at least thirty minutes.
Afterwards, notice what happens inside of you when you re-engage with and follow the flow of a piece? Were there obstacles? Was there ease?
Today, appreciate where you are at in your creative journey.