Our innermost, private thoughts that flow out through the intuitive writing process are not strange or weird, or unfit to share. Instead, they are often universal thoughts, feelings, emotions, concerns and even ideas. Usually I use pen and paper when I practice intuitive writing, but you can also type. There seems to be more connection to the page and the words and the innermost thoughts when there is direct contact to pen and paper, so this is an experiment. There are no rules in intuitive writing. You get to let loose on the page and that can be very freeing.
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An Intuitive Approach to The Writing Process
In the general sense of the word, being intuitive means you have good instincts. However, depending on how well you know yourself, you may not trust those instincts. Other qualities of intuitive people include being introverted and highly sensitive, both physically and emotionally. So what does all this mean? Lauren explained to me how society is rooted primarily in masculine energy. Masculine and feminine energy both are neutral but each has a very different focus. For example, masculine energy is outward focused which means an activity like writing would be defined by an output like word count. The tendency with masculine energy is to push towards a goal. Masculine energy is competitive and achievement oriented where feminine energy is fluid and receptive. So, rather than pushing towards a goal, feminine energy goes with the flow and remains open to receiving the story.
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As I explained here , we could say that there are two types of writer: the intuitive writer and the rational one. These two roles are actually just a theoretical model that simplifies reality. We would thus, ideally, have these two model writers which are located at two opposite ends of a line, working in opposite ways, and never moving from their end of the line. And then there would also be several million dots that make up this line from one end to the other, and each of them would represent a possible writer.
As a young writer, I assumed everyone had a process similar to my own. It was only in an MFA that it dawned on me most writers do not work the way I do. I encountered little of my associative process in these workshops and books. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator groups people by cognitive function. It follows that the process of creating for each type might unfold differently as well. Usually what first strikes me is a mood more often than a narrative.