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Does writing have to be a slog? (Push Week is again!)

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We’ve all heard it, proper? Writing is a chore, an extended painful process, and that — and this line is attributed to too many writers to depend — “All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

I simply don’t purchase it.

Now, sure, writing is exhausting. There’s a ton of emotional labour in shifting the reality from inside to outdoors, not to mention the bodily work of typing all of it out. Generally it stretches us. Generally that stretch feels excruciating.

However right here’s one thing else that’s true: At our first little studio, my neighbour would go away her youngsters’ home windows open on class night time in order that they might go to sleep to the sound of our uproarious laughter. That’s writing too. Pure pleasure.

I’m pondering of Ross Homosexual at present, who simply launched his second Guide of Delights. Ross determined in 2017 (after which once more in 2022) to put in writing a brief, handwritten essay each day about one thing that delighted him. And earlier than you dismiss this as fluffy — this ebook is deeply grounded in life. It has a basement. He writes about racism, useless mates, loneliness, loss. And, it’s so teeming with pleasure that it dances off the web page.

Ross talks about pleasure as an act of resistance and a sort of survival. He says:

“Pleasure is the proof of our reaching throughout to 1 one other within the midst of — or as a method even for carrying — each other’s sorrows.”

I don’t find out about you, however the way in which I used to be taught about writing was the other of joyful.

Perhaps for some individuals, a three-paragraph essay about Macbeth is a delight, nevertheless it wasn’t for me. I additionally hated the fixed analysis and correction of faculty, the sensation that I used to be by no means adequate.

Most of us don’t step into maturity with a deep reservoir of fine writing experiences, however we will at all times begin constructing it. We are able to write about what we need to write about, and the voices we need to write in. We are able to say the exhausting factor, after which say the humorous factor proper after. We are able to discover individuals who will snigger with us, sit with us within the exhausting components, and make the entire course of sparkle.

So. We’re attempting one thing new this fall.

It’s a brand new tackle our in style “Push Week,” a program we invented early within the pandemic, to assist our group dive into inventive productiveness.

We’re coming again to it, however this time we’re constructing it throughout pleasure. We’ve inbuilt each day poems, accomplishment celebrations, quick night workshops to incite pleasure in our course of, and an open mic on the finish with foolish door prizes.

It is a “giant format” program, so contributors can simply pop out and in and construct their dedication round busy lives. All of the classes are non-compulsory, and designed as one-offs. It’s additionally all sliding scale.

It is going to be led by Kim and Asifa, with workshops by Britt, Mari, Asifa, and me. We’re so excited to all be working collectively on this. Lalala! That is going to be enjoyable. We’d like to have you ever there.

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