Writing instructor Kathleen McNamara joined us to guide members in a phenomenal free write session. We covered several different prompts to get the words flowing and the creativity bubbling. Kathleen began the class by introducing American Popular author, Natalie Goldberg’s “7 Rules for a Writing Practice” from her book Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. These seven rules are as follows:

1. Keep your hand moving.
2. Lose Control.
3. Be Specific.
4. Don’t think.
5. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar or punctuation.
6. You are free to write the worst junk in the universe.
7. Go for the jugular. Go for the kill.

If you feel like you are not really saying anything and want to get deeper, try writing “What I really want to say is..” and then keep going. 

Providing further resources, Kathleen McNamara highly recommends On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, The Elements of Style  by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White, and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. The most important piece of improving your writing is to write often, even if for only 5 minutes each day, and keep all of your writing so you can refer back to ideas and for inspiration.