GardenComm Webinar Series: "Write Without the Fight - Why You Get Stuck and How to Get Unstuck Every Time" with Julia Roberts
If you’re anything like me in the garden, each act – pruning a rose, weeding a flower bed, deadheading the annuals – supplies its own metaphor. “Cut the dead wood out,” your brain says with glee, as you actively do just that. I remember struggling with grass in a flowerbed – as you do – and imagining myself a dictator trying to “root out” the resistance. “But it’s a grassroots movement,” my imaginary underling whined, “We’ll never get it all.” Grass is tenacious.
Our brains are tenacious, too. We look for meaning and stories in everything we do. We see faces and personalities in inanimate objects. I mean, just look at an electric plug for a little longer than usual, and you’ll quickly commune with those little, surprised faces.
Our brains create in our own likenesses. And the garden is fertile ground. (Pun intended.) Pansies look like judgmental aunties; alyssum reads as snow or a beautiful velvet cape. Roses are queens (red), best friends (yellow), and pristine princesses (white). You automatically imagine relationships, conflicts, and settings, as you transplant, weed or water. And in gardens, we imagine our happily ever afters.
A good gardener knows that each plant responds to different treatment – more or less sun, sandy soil, potted or planted, watered regularly or soldiering along with just rainwater. Some spread and mound, others cascade out of window boxes, and some climb walls. I remember reading that in Hawaii, impatiens are considered a pernicious weed. And I thought, I just wouldn’t weed if I lived there. I love impatiens.
Just as plants each need different things to thrive, so do our creative brains. We each respond to different stimuli, nourishment, and conditions to think and write at our best. The Foursight model of creative thinking defined the four major creative thinking styles. Some of us are strong at CLARIFYING. Some of us are all IDEAS, all the time. Some thinkers revel in the slow DEVELOPMENT and perfecting of their creations, and some like to jump in and get things done (IMPLEMENTERS). Foursight was developed by Dr. Gerard Puccio director of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, where I got my Masters in Science in Creativity.
Can you imagine planting a flower or a vegetable without knowing at least a few basics about it? Annual or perennial? Full sun or partial? This is exactly what most of us do when we sit down to write. We use our dear, imaginative brains without the first notion about what our thinking style is, and what tools we might need to thrive creatively. In Write Without the Fight, we discuss how to read your own garden stake, and thrive in the garden of your mind.
If you’re creative – in the garden, as you write, or even at work or in the kitchen – it is extremely beneficial to understand the basics of how you personally create, think and thrive. It’s your turn for a moment in the sun. Hope to see you in the webinar.
About Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts helps writers predict and prevent writer’s block. She helps them really see their creativity and talents with precision, so they can adjust their approach to writing for a more satisfying and successful experience. She is a certified coach, has her Masters in the Science of Creativity and has three books published, including Amazon bestseller: Sex, Lies & Creativity – Gender Differences in Creative Thinking. She founded DecodingCreativity.com in 2008 – where she coaches and teaches creativity to serious writers in all media. To connect with Julia and learn more about your creative thinking preferences, join the FB group, Write Without the Fight.
And get her free book “Why Am I stuck? Powerful Help for Stuck Writers”