Spontaneous Combustion, The Art of Improvisational Writing


A SCHOOL FOR WONDER PUBLICATION

BY BIRDY FAIRCHILD.



Introduction to Spontaneous Writing, Part One in a Series Guide.

The Art of Improvisational Writing.


Spontaneous Writing gives us total permission to fall in love with creativity. The unknown territory of allowing words to come forward from the unseen can be exhilarating, and also illuminating. We write to find our way inside the moment, whether alone or with friends. Intimacy with writing fertilizes silent witnessing; sets us free to conceive our own brilliance.



Spontaneous Writing is a dive into the unknown. We stop still, listen and write whatever we notice. Inner and outer worlds are joined momentarily, animated by a fresh instant of perception. Writing becomes our immediate caravan to wonder.



Spontaneous Writing dreams our vivid phrasing, catalyzing artistry, allowing us freedom to be an instrument of insight. Making its way toward us, sudden seeing becomes available to everyone.



Spontaneous Writing marries language with noticing, couples writing locomotion with natural grace. Finding subtle connections, writing with an old-fashioned ink pen, or stylus on slate, we learn to hear ourselves more clearly, making wiser choices on the page. The longer we continue in this practice, the more present we become in our daily lives.



Spontaneous Writing is a vehicle for the joy of self-realization. As we learn to witness ourselves becoming more discerning, less inhibited by thoughts and judgment, pleasure takes us by surprise. Confidence, awareness and balance expand naturally within a supportive writing circle. Irresistible, playful and immediate, joy can’t help but show itself. We become a better friend; to ourselves and to each other.


Spontaneous Writing balances our bodies, sitting still, noticing in short writing rounds,

followed by reading aloud. The sharing encourages us, nourishes writing, keeps us laughing at ourselves and the antics of the mind. We get braver as we go, bolder and more skilled, by witnessing each person’s improvisational journey. From the youngest writers to our elders, the subconscious is an ageless treasure chest of wonder.



Spontaneous Writing ignites the imagination in silent, timed writing rounds, and reveals both habitual and surprising unmapped use of language. Deep bow to Jim Thielen, now a beloved ancestor, who was our first poet on Authentic Voicework Records.



Spontaneous Writing is a mystery unfolding, taking us into unseen realms of profound beauty and depth, fear and possibility. Unbridled honesty and automatic writing generate the art of contemplation. This formlessness offers us permission to write our way into the unknown, cultivate courage and build a relationship with the mystery.



Spontaneous Writing is the preservation of reverence we explore in writing, that naturally expands our awareness. The subconscious flows into view effortlessly, as we allow writing to reveal anything or nothing, without editing or judging content. We see new facets of ourselves, and our talent, in every writing. The fulcrum shifts from worry over what others might think, to how we embody our own writing wholeheartedly, and appreciate ourselves.



Spontaneous Writing gone awry is also a valuable lesson in vulnerability. When we interrupt the flow of writing with fearful thoughts, self-criticism or doubt, we can see how we limit ourselves or try too hard. After a writing round that didn’t produce much good content, we have the opportunity to witness ourselves, and be witnessed by reading aloud to the group. This self-inquiry is a vehicle for integrating awareness, noticing our own habits of mind and patterns of resistance. We learn to recognize ourselves more accurately, and stop looking to others for guidance or approval. The group agreement not to criticize helps us feel safe and supported.



Spontaneous Writing creates a hologram of wonder, revealing a world of awareness that can only be accessed directly by each writer. This art form cannot be academically studied or forced.



Spontaneous Writing calls for a certain element of surrender, to develop skill in improvisational writing. Over time, the mystery of what comes forward (or doesn’t) mirrors our willingness to be fully present, or only half-hearted. We allow the writing to flow freely and without constraint, or sometimes write drivel that doesn’t make the mark. Either way, we have flushed out the culprit of distraction, and delved into seeing clearly. The complexity of our amazement becomes a lens of discernment and pleasure, in the act of creating. Each moment is a new canvas.


Spontaneous Writing as an art form lets words be our dipper, surfacing on the page in surprising and unexplainable geography, relationships and perceptions. Our plunge into the subconscious, poured out on the table after fifteen minutes of writing, can appear as inconsequential writing, or an unforgettable epiphany. The results can be life changing. Union, between the inner voice and what we author on the page, allows us to feel congruent with how we live in the outer world. The illusion of inner and outer dissolves, as we strengthen our commitment to writing.


Spontaneous Writing strips the critic of pretense, relieves us of rules and invites us to witness the unconscious becoming audible. Hearing our own imagination take shape on the page is a wild twist of fate, where writing in any given moment can unearth irresistible talent and transcendent skill.


Spontaneous Writing circles foster a sense of belonging, and help dissolve feelings of isolation. Writing spontaneously in a circle brings us together socially. As we notice what happens for each writer, our own sensibilities are heightened and shown new points of view. Writing together is a psychic collaboration; we get quiet together, find connections in the content of our writing, as the alchemy of the group is revealed. As we celebrate differences, and comment on what we love in others’ writing, our willingness to grow and expand builds sustainable friendships.


Spontaneous Writing cultivates the art of improvisational writing. The simple practice of writing keeps us on a spirited path of clear creativity, embracing people from all walks of life.



Spontaneous Writing can cross genres effortlessly, transform into poetry, song lyrics, film scripts, literature, sound and movement exercises, stage performances, community leadership programs, publications and educational tools for developing global insight.



Spontaneous Combustion, The Art of Improvisational Writing is an invitation to participate in building creative writing community. For Information on School for Wonder Creative Mentoring visit WWW.SCHOOLFORWONDER.COM