Overall, I find it important to meet people where they are at, to listen carefully to the group, offer structure, be direct, compassionate and communicating clearly.
I carry with me a toolkit of strategies to move into less thinking and more creating and connecting with the ways that we are inherently creatively smart. I have watched students for years, sit down and write a Freewrite in three minutes and discover that they actually had their own writing style and voice and something to say. It can be simple like that. I think it is vital to make room for our creative impulses and then learn the tools that will help expand and deepen them.
However many tools of a craft I have learned (and I can truly dork out about that), I am most consistently guided by my intuition. There will be moments in every session where I will drop into that and will offer input from a place of listening to what images, ideas, thoughts come up and share with you. I always encourage you to take with you what fits, what works, what makes sense to you.
In my workshops and consultations, I always focus on what works first. The intention when giving feedback has to be “I want you to feel motivated to keep going…”. How often in our day do we get feedback that we didn’t really care to hear, from someone that was in a bad mood that day, but then you feel creatively blocked for weeks. That sucks. If in our writing we look at what works, then that is what expands. The writing gets better. I have seen it happen consistently with students over countless workshops over the last twenty years. It works. And yes, we will edit, and polish and trim and refine our work, as soon as it makes sense and its the next creative step to take.