In a few days, I’ll be heading to the Oregon for the Earth Joy Writing Book Tour! I’ll be blogging here daily to share insights, discoveries, and images along the way…
Today we continue our reflections on the 3 mistakes environmental writers make. (See yesterday’s post for Step 1.)
Step 2: Don’t fight. Write.
Keeping our focus on the “enemy,” whether it’s corporations or governments or technologies that contribute to the degradation of the environment, strengthens the parts of our brain that allow us to compare, criticize, judge, and edit.
But although these can be immensely helpful at later stages of writing, in the beginning, these can block us from our inner sense of connection to the intuition, feeling, and wisdom within.
Creativity comes from “long thoughts” and the connections between disparate things through which we create meaning.
Fighting against, though, can obstruct us from the new ideas and innovations that ultimately will lead to solutions and breakthroughs.
Writing tip: Make a list of 20 things you love about the natural world.
The smell of a Bradford pear that reminds you of a high school boyfriend?
The warmth that rises from the earth during a summer rain?
After making your list, see what new ideas you have for your environmental writing.
Make a note of at least 3.
I’d love to hear how you are paying attention to what you love in nature today. Leave a comment below and let me know how Earth Joy Writing is helping you understand the importance of beginning with love in your writing.
Cassie Premo Steele, Ph.D., is the author of 13 books and a writing coach.