The Iceberg Approach to Conscious Writing

Friday 21 April 2017 - Posted by Julia McCutchen

I often use the image of an iceberg to represent the way I teach Conscious Writing.

It’s a powerful illustration because it’s so clear that the 10% you see above the surface of the water simply wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the 90% underneath.

For Conscious Writers, the visible 10% equates to the words that meet the page.

The hidden 90% includes all of the unseen preparation and preliminary creative work that’s required for the right words to arise for the most authentic and effective communication of your ideas and stories.

Inner Preparation

That’s why I place so much emphasis on inner preparation before starting to write.

Paying attention to “who you are” and “where you’re at” when you sit down to craft the words to share your message with your readers makes all the difference in the world.

No one will see the 90% preparation before the essence of your ideas shows up in the form of words; yet at some level they will feel the distinction of writing that comes from a deeper source.

Clear Your Path to the Page

It’s all too easy to forget the importance of taking appropriate actions to nurture your creative spirit and engage in practices to clear your path to the page when time is short and it feels like you just need to crack on.

Yet the first step for Conscious Writers is to understand fully that focusing exclusively on getting those words written is likely to be a false economy when it comes to writing from your heart with the voice of your soul.

When you embrace the 90% preparation as an integral part of your creative process, a whole new world opens up as you integrate aspects that are likely to be part of your life already into your writing practice.

5 Core Practices

I recommend 5 Core Practices that fulfil the requirements of the iceberg approach to Conscious Writing:

  1. Cultivate Awareness to develop your capacity for being fully present in the moment.
  2. Spend Time in Nature to open your heart, boost your creativity and restore your soul.
  3. Move Consciously to bring all aspects of yourself into alignment and open your flow.
  4. Nurture Your Creative Soul to refill your inner well on a regular basis so it never runs dry.
  5. Write a Journal “Yin Style” to clear your mind, process your feelings and develop your ideas.

I’ll write more about these in my next post.

For now, I’d just like to encourage you to remember the importance of all the unseen contributing factors that enable you to write freely.

You could also choose to follow the prompt and expand the emphasis you place on whatever components make up your personal 90%. Then review what effect that has on how and what you end up writing.

What supports you to feel creatively alive and ready to write? Please share your experience by making a comment below.

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