Facilitating Creative Writing – – Creating Energy

One of the things that many writers do is teach – or, as I prefer to see it, facilitate. I work with adults and young people and enjoy the dynamics of working with different groups, both large and small.

Eric Hoffer once said that “the greatest weariness comes from work not done”. Workshop facilitation is a practice that gives energy as well as creating it. This coming weekend I’m working with young people in Lucan Library and am really looking forward to facilitating the transformation of enthusiastic ideas into stories – to being a witness to work being done. 


When an actor reads your work….

When an actor reads your work, it brings a new element and gives new life to the words.

The gap between my intention as writer and the understanding of the characters, and their intentions seems to be miraculously bridged in the way the story is felt and interpreted.

Over the last few years, Kildare writer Neil Donnelly (with Kildare County Council) has curated several volumes of collections of “Stories for the Ear.”

In these days when we are always rushing, why not spend a little time listening to finely read stories from writers in Kildare. You can hear my story Roses wonderfully read and interpreted by Pat Laffan on the Kildare Arts Service You Tube Channel. 

Because I Do….The Writing Life, This Craft of Creativity

I’m deep in a long writing project and alternating between writing, researching, and writing some more. It is growing – slowly – but still growing.

On the days when I am wondering why I am doing this – when my characters fail to speak when I need them to, or when that great plot line falls flat on the page – I  need to remind myself that this is all part of a larger process.

A novel is not composed in isolation and the journey it makes from the jumble that is the writer’s mind (my own!), through the editing process, the reading and advice from agents and publishers until finally it becomes a book – is a long one indeed.

This business of writing, this craft of creativity is strange.

And I remember an article I wrote just over a year ago for Writing.ie  – Because I do.

Creativity and industry are like two tracks, running parallel, sometimes crossing over, or intertwining. Other times changing direction, making choices, and moving slowly. And on these tracks sit the carriages of desire and ego. And you’re feeling them….Tracks, as we all know, join, and split, and move towards each other, a singular destination for a journey. Beside creativity is industry. Without it what you produce is not going to move beyond that track, or even out of the carriage.

And I recall what Anne Lamott said about adding life to form. And I read the last line of my article. Truth can be seen, and felt, in writing. And in living.

And I’m reassured.

Let life burst out from the seams of routine. Add life to the form that you are creating. For the story to be real, the page needs to provoke feeling.

So let the words come – or not – but always, let the living continue.