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Evolution Ezine’s Writer’s Workshop Facilitated by Chris Cade

You have asked for ways to get more creative and we are listening.   Chris Cade (Inscribe Your Life, Spiritual Short Stories) has agreed to work (play) with us  – providing us with a series of  training articles to get us involved and active in writing our stories.

For those of us just looking for a way to get in touch with what we are holding inside – this work will be fun and transformative.

For those of  us who are interested in writing and sharing what we write with the world – this  series will give you an opportunity to do that as well  – because each of the sessions after this one will include writing assignments – with the opportunity to submit your work for potential publication on Chris’s  Spiritual Short Stories site – and (drum roll please) we are also working on a plan to have one or two (or three?) published on the Evolution Ezine as well.

Your only assignment for this first article is to leave us a comment and let us know what you think (Chris gives some more details at the end of the post).

Writing – both for myself and for all of you – transforms my life – over and over again.  It feels so wonderful to know that it will soon be doing the same for you :)

You’ve probably read a story that was both entertaining and insightful. Maybe it was the classic Christian story, “Footsteps,” perhaps Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare,” or my childhood favorite, “The Little Engine that Could.” When you discover stories that connect with you personally, you hold them and their lessons in your heart for your entire lives.

For centuries, spiritual sages have told short stories to enlighten and inspire others, and counting the stories that Jesus and the Buddhas have told might take a lifetime. In fact, it would probably take several lifetimes to fully integrate the wisdom within those stories. And the reason people continue to tell, and love, short stories is because stories are the most effective way to communicate incredibly powerful ideas.

Plato understood this in 388 BC when he asked the City Fathers to ban storytellers, and today’s spiritual leaders like Dan Millman, Eckhart Tolle, and Paulo Coelho, also understand this power and continue the storytelling tradition.

Stories are powerful because they are the way you naturally think.

Whether you’re consciously aware of this or not, you intuitively think in narrative structures. This could be talking about your day, connecting with a friend, or reflecting on your experiences. In fact, during a  study of the language patterns of a particular two year old known as “Emily,” it was discovered that before going to bed, the little girl’s seemingly irrelevant babbling revealed a powerful secret:

Even before she could construct full sentences, her language patterns showed that she was babbling about what she had done that day and was even planning what she was going to do the following day! Now take a moment to imagine that in your own life – Like that two year old, you intuitively understood your daily experiences as stories before you knew all the words to communicate them to others.

As you can see, stories imprint themselves into our brains naturally from your earliest years. Stories are how you understand best, so when you understand the nature of how stories are created, adopted, and shared, then you begin to transform your life in miraculous ways.

When you take the next step of writing stories, then you directly access the deepest parts of your psyche and soul. You can reach inside and pull out the subconscious imprints that are most valuable to your personal development, and then put them on paper for your conscious mind to see and work with. This process of bringing your subconscious into the conscious can result in rapid and significant personal transformation.

But the truth is:

Few people recognize the utmost importance and value of understanding their stories and so they continue remaining stuck in their old limiting and disabling life stories. They don’t realize that the tools and opportunities are available for them to literally become the hero of their life stories.

Even more unfortunately, is that most people never try writing stories because they don’t think they’re good enough. Sometimes it’s because they think they aren’t creative enough, or won’t do it right, and many people have a fear of rejection that underlies much of what they do in life (including understanding and writing stories).

It’s a classic paradox because without trying they’ll never feel good enough. Having fears about writing is normal for most authors, and it is rare to come across a writer without them. My own fears were only overcome by actually writing – by “being” a writer.

The thing about writing is that none of us are writers until we are writing. “Who” and “what” we are changes from moment to moment. We may identify with what we do in life; for example we may call ourselves computer engineers, energy healers, writers, teachers, or the many other labels we give ourselves based on what we do.

But we can only associate with that label while we are doing the associated action!

Think about that for a moment. While driving a car, are you a writer? No. You’re a driver. Understanding this distinction is imperative to overcoming a new writer’s most basic objection: “I’m not a writer! I’ve never even written a story!”

And you’re right.

Until you’re writing, you’re not a writer. Therefore, the first piece of advice I offer is to ignore any fear and just start writing (don’t worry, Cyndi and I are going to help you with this). More importantly, remember this:

Every single fear you might have about writing is based on your belief that somebody will judge you.

Read that sentence again. Maybe read it several times. Afterwards, challenge yourself to find a single fear you have about writing that does not distill down to the fear of judgment. Also realize that one simple perspective shift eliminates that fear instantly. You see, not all stories are meant to be read. Sometimes writing a story is like a journal and you might write it as your own internal monologue to help you work through issues you’re having or to explore topics you’re curious about.

“Write for the pleasure of writing. As the pen traces out words on the paper, your anguish disappears and your happiness remains. For this to happen, it is necessary to have the courage to look deep inside yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

As long as you write first and foremost for yourself, every single fear disappears instantly. Understanding the more personal elements of writing enables us to get past fears you might have about being a “good” or “bad” writer. Only after the story is written does the question arise, “Do I want to share this?”

“Sometimes the story finds the storyteller. Not the other way around.” – T.L. Pearson, from the movie Neverwas

The other biggest reason why people never write stories is because they say they’re “not interested” or because it “isn’t for me.” I know that all too well because I never intended to write stories either. I had absolutely no interest in understanding stories, and especially not writing them; but what I discovered over time is that there were stories within me that wanted to be told.

I had experiences that my heart wanted to share with the world, but because I wasn’t “interested” and because I didn’t identify with the label of being a “writer,” I dismissed those heart’s wishes. In fact, it wasn’t until I came into direct contact with another “accidental story writer” that I even became aware that my heart had stories it wanted to share. This wasn’t a path I consciously chose.

Even so, without any prior knowledge of story structure or writing I stumbled through this process of converting my heart’s wishes into words on paper. I fumbled with my own writing, and I battled with my doubts and fears until I finally accepted that there was a storyteller inside me who I never knew. It also took me several months of writing stories before I realized how much this process of writing stories was transforming me into the very person I wanted to be. The hidden blessings continued to compound and enable me to become the person who shares his experiences and insights with you today.

What I ultimately discovered is that writing stories is an expression of our holistic selves connecting both with our selves and sometimes others. It allows those of us who have never considered ourselves to be “story writers” to find great enjoyment and meaning in writing our own stories. Writing stories enables us to quite literally re-write the stories of our lives in a way that is both intuitive to the way we think (which is why it’s so effective).

One of the assuring aspects of writing stories is that it’s a guaranteed winning situation. In the worst case, you gain some experience and throw away a story as most authors do hundreds or thousands of times. The best case is that you write a famous story that impacts the lives of millions of people. Usually you will write a story somewhere in between: one that impacts yourself in a meaningful way and also touches the people who are close to you.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you how to apply an understanding of stories to various aspects of your life. We’ll explore concrete actions you can take to empower yourself with more creativity, success, and abundance, so that you can re-write the story of your life.

As a special gift I’d offer you…

my audio titled, “Think Without the Box®”. It’s about 30 minutes long (you can also download the PDF transcript), and here’s just a little bit of what you’ll discover:

  • How to silence your inner critic
  • What it means to “Think Without the Box” (not just outside of it)
  • How to understand and changing unwanted habits
  • And more…

Click Here Now And Get Your Audio

After you listen, please come back here share your thoughts and experiences with Cyndi and I. We’d love to know what you think of this topic about understanding and writing stories, and we’d especially like to hear about some of the ways you think this kind of work might be able to support you in living your own ideal, empowered, and abundant life.

Your Partner In Transformation,

Chris Cade

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31 Responses to “Evolution Ezine’s Writer’s Workshop Facilitated by Chris Cade”

  1. Chris, you have a way with words and I am glad I found you here!I quote you “Every single fear you might have about writing is based on your belief that somebody will judge you.” Yes! I also think that others do not care to read what I write. I also think “it has been written before.” I love to write. I don’t even sell anything. Yes, I am all over the place on the internet for my love is learning
    and reading from others. My friends ask, Jackie do you ever sleep? No. I love to write and read. I want to transform my life, and I want to find One thing to write about that others will love to hear and read about. Blessings sent to you Chris, never give up, my facebook buddy! ♥

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  2. Chris Cade says:

    Jackie,

    Thank you for your kind words, and I’m grateful you continue to find my work valuable in your life!

    When I was at a workshop, Dan Millman said something I really appreciated. Paraphrasing:

    “There is no new knowledge, only new ways of expressing divine Truths. Just as the times change, so much the voices so that we can communicate those Truths effectively to those who need them.”

    Jackie ~ my advice to you is to stop searching for that “unique” thing you have to share with the world. Instead, look at what gifts you have to offer and then share them with your unique you… your unique expression of those gifts.

    We all have different experiences, and we will connect with people in different ways.

    I hope this helps :)

    -Chris

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  3. Asa says:

    I found this really interesting. I have written stories for as long as I can remember, but only when I was feeling down and depressed. As soon as I started to feel good again, I stopped writing.
    And I guess I never realized that my writing was helping me to change my life, helping me in feeling better.

    And I have never, ever allowed anyone to read what I have written, and this article made me realise that this was because a fear of judgement.
    I have been terrified that once somebody read my stories they would judge me, tell me how bad it was, how bad I was.
    But after reading this article, I now know that it doesn´t matter who reads my stories, because they help me. And maybe they can help someone else.

    So a big thanks for writing this, and giving me a chance to get rid of my fear of judgement, so I can continue to help not only me but hopefully someone else as well.

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  4. Jane says:

    Wow.. how did you know that was EXACTLY what I needed to hear!? That was amazing, and so timely. My main priority right now is writing a book, however, I have not even started yet! Why? Now I know why! This was truly a Divine intervention from you, and I am so grateful to have “accidentally” found this. Yes, I am afraid, and yes, I am afraid of the judgement! This is something I think I need to copy and read everyday.

    One of the things that has been a block for me too, is that there are already books out there about what I wanted to write.. but, as you pointed out, a different perspective is a good thing. I think I just feel like there is no way I can say things as good as the material that is already out there. Again, there is that fear of judgement. I am so worried about “how” I am going to actually write something, that I just freeze up and don’t do anything.

    Your words are so powerful, and I thank you so much for the impact on my life right now.

    Jane

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  5. yogesh says:

    Hi some how i could not get the bonus audio so you r requested to do the needful thank you
    yogesh

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  6. Daphne says:

    Hi Chris
    I have had several attemps at writing but have always given up because I expected to be judged as you said .
    Im a 73 year old lady ,4 years ago I moved to the lovely village of Denkershausen in Germany from Swindon inWiltshire UK .My son lives here he has lived in Germany for many years and the oppotunity came to buy a house in the village, so I took it .Its a lovely village and I am making new friends learning the language .
    I am also exploring WWW and enjoying reading Evolution Ezine and have learnt about EFT and used it with great success.
    I keep a daily journal ,and have written a story about a man who died and found himself out walking looking for the friends he walked with when he was alive ,along the Downs in Witshire UK.Thank you for doing this Chris read your article several weeks ago and was impressed .
    Love joy and abundance

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  7. Mitch says:

    After reading your article on writing I felt like you were talking to me personaly. Many years ago, as a teen, I began to write poetry, The girls I dated back then loved it. When I went into the service many of the guys I was stationed with asked me to help them express their feelings to their girfriends back home in a poem. Again the response was good. I was asked on many occasions why I didn’t publish my poetry and my reply was always the same. It’s not that good. The fear of rejection kept me from doing something I loved. Reading your words has shed light on this fear and perhaps given me the motivation to re-address it.

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  8. Caroline says:

    Chris, it is wonderful to see many more people will be reached with your gentle and wise teaching. I love this: “It’s a classic paradox because without trying they’ll never feel good enough. Having fears about writing is normal for most authors, and it is rare to come across a writer without them. My own fears were only overcome by actually writing – by “being” a writer.” Stepping into and through our fears renders them powerless, just one small step forward is all it takes.

    Jackie, someone once said there are no original ideas, only original people. Your message can only be delivered by you and there are people who will connect with it in the unique way only you can share.

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  9. Zenny says:

    I am writing every now and then. I do not have a lot of good exposure because I am writing for the sake of writing and that simply means I do not care if somebody will like what I have written as long as I have expressed what I felt at that time. I feel like I am meant to write only for me. While reading your article, I thought I might have a real chance to truly make a difference. This is really what I dream ever since I started pacifying my troubled heart thru writing. I hope that I will learn how it is to truly write. God bless ;)

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  10. Michelle Ashburner says:

    Chris – I think the idea of a writing course with you rocks! It would be a great way to start writing – WITH DEEP GRATITUDE I WAIT FOR THE START!
    Michelle

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  11. Tom Cather says:

    Fair dinkum Chris. I enjoyed your article and look forward to following up on it in the coming weeks ahead.

    Tom Cather

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  12. Harpal Dadi says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am more interested in writing technical informative articles. Will following your lead help me in my quest?
    Love your article, will be looking forward to the next installment of articles.

    Harpal Dadi

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  13. Eneth says:

    Hi Chris and Cyndi

    What a brilliant idea! I cannot wait to start with this!! Thank you so much for everything you are doing for us.

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  14. PJ says:

    Hello Chris & Cyndi,

    I’ve been working on ‘the’ book for three years now and am determined to finish it before year’s end. It’s the one that MUST be written. It seems I’ve been a story teller before, and it seems I must be a story teller again. Either I didn’t get it right or I was very good at what I did. One way or the other it also seems that our paths were destined to cross since I was thinking about the answers to questions on my drive home and ‘poof’ here you are. I love when I can see the path open up in front of me so much more than when I turn and see it behind me and go, “OH! That’s why that happened.” Thank you for sharing.

    Love & Blessings,
    PJ

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  15. PJ says:

    Hi Again Chris,

    30 mins later and still no audio or pdf. Can you check on things for me? Thank you muchly.

    Love & Blessings,
    PJ

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  16. A. Moises says:

    I’m not english native speaker, so let’s see what happens. If writing is sometimes hard, in a languaje other than yours naturally, let’s find out.
    Thanks

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  17. Chris Cade says:

    First of all, THANK YOU ALL for the wonderful comments. It’s just amazing to hear how a simple shift in perspective truly is helping many of you see the fear of judgment, and how easy (though uncomfortable) it is to move through that fear.

    Harpal ~ Right now this course is going to be adapted and morphed based on feedback. So it’s possible we could cover technical information if that’s something others express a desire to also learn.

    What kinds of technical information are you specifically wanting?

    A. Moises ~ You’re not the first non-English speaker I’ve worked with. Three things to remember:
    (a) You can always write stories in your native language.
    (b) You can always have other more fluent English speakers edit any work you decide to share publicly., and lastly
    (c) You don’t have to share your work to gain the personal benefits of writing. :)

    Lastly, to those having difficulty with receiving the confirmation email after you sign up for the Think Without the Box MP3 audio…

    (1) Try the solutions described on this page:
    http://bit.ly/cEoq4l (that goes to an article at my help desk)

    (2) If those don’t work, definitely contact my Help Desk so that I (or my assistant depending on who answers first) can support you. We WILL get you the audio one way or another. :)

    http://www.ChrisCadeHelpDesk.com/support

    ~~~~
    Keep the comments coming! And definitely let Cyndi and I know what you want from the next article(s)… as long as you tell us what you want, we’ll do our best to create content that addresses the very topics you want to learn about ;)

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  18. Carol says:

    Hey, Chris, Great idea. I will be tuned in. Hi, Caroline, how’s EDIS doing? I will be back, I am swamped getting my Saturday in order. I took a HUGE leap.

    Chris, I am one very different soul. I LOVE to write, have loved it my whole life, have Zero fears about it, just get busy doing stuff and don’t pick up the pen. When I do, the words come from somewhere deep inside me, almost like someone is dictating to me. It is definitely a “God” thing! I plan to get back into the groove of writing, and you are a perfect inspiration. What I loved the most about what you said, or rather what you DIDN’T say: You never once stressed on sentence structure, grammar, etc. Although English was my favorite subject years ago, I took a writing course once and became so frustrated that I couldn’t just let go and write! Too much formality! The thing I am NOT good at is conforming!

    So, thank you for the great opportunity to learn from and with you!

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  19. Luc says:

    Thank you Chris for this exciting challenge, I feel compelled to participate, and I want to add that for me this is one of those synchronicity moments we hear more and more about. I am in a space where I need to find my inner voice and this is a great way to go about it. Thank you

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  20. Sandy says:

    Chris,
    Wonderful article – truly hit home! In my youth, I was an avid writer. I wrote stories, poetry, and kept a journal for my private thoughts. And if I wasn’t writing I was reading. My mother used to tease me about reading the labels on boxed and canned goods when I didn’t have a new book around!

    Unfortunately, when I told my father that I planned on becoming a journalist he commented on what a crazy idea it was; that writers, especially journalists, didn’t make a decent income. Although I know my father did not mean to squelch my dream, I have had a difficult time picking up the pen since. For 30 years I have told myself that ONE DAY I would fulfill my dream of becoming a writer. I know that today is finally that day. Thank you!

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  21. Nicole says:

    Hello,

    I would like to be included in your free online writing class. I have wanted to write all my life, but the fears you mention have held me back. I want to overcome them and write.

    I submitted my e-mail adress, but never received the confirmation request. How should I proceed? Thankyou for your time and consideration.

    Nicole

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  22. Theo says:

    Much of what came to mind as I read your article has been voiced by others so I will only offer my kudos to you for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to what I believe is going to be an awesome spiritual and mental growth-spurt.

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  23. Halina says:

    Thanks, Chris. I like the idea of using the short story writing process as a stepping stone for self exploration and from that – perhaps – engaging with a wider audience.

    “Whether you’re consciously aware of this or not, you intuitively think in narrative structures.”

    This is so true! Which means our personal journeys – stories – can resonate with others – especially if they offer a message of upliftment, hope and possibility.

    I’m looking forward to coming articles.

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  24. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Chris,

    Have been reading your articles and they are inspirational they kinda bring the best out of one self.
    Well have never written anything for publication but when I feel overwhelmed by situations I just find myself writing though in no particular format and I find it as a form of release.
    I want to say thank you for sharing with us.

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  25. Sheila says:

    I have always wanted to write and know I have many stories to tell. I struggle with dialog in written form. I would love to be part of this and look forward to enriching my life and hopefully the lives of others along the way. Thank you!

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  26. shin says:

    Having been in the process of writing a book for several years now I can say fear is a big stooping point. I stooped the first book then started another one. A friend put my second idea into a class of copying another writers work in a quick sentence. Well I had not read this other book but stooped mine anyway. Fear again.
    Thank you for the input

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  27. Annie Stith says:

    Hey, Chris!

    OK, so I got behind in my email…

    Am I too late?

    I love stories. They are who WE are. Nothing I am cannot be told in story, sometimes publicly, sometimes not. But when stories of Who We’ve Been, and Who We Are, and Who We Hope To Be are shared, it’s how we build community and family (at least our chosen families), and tribes because it’s then we find our commonalities.

    I *so* connect with people through their stories, even fiction because personality shines through even if details do not. Stories make us all *feel* — happy, sad, bored — and those, too, are things we can use to connect to others.

    I love to write, too, and to learn new ways and means of writing. That’s how I find my own unique voice. I’m helped each time I learn to find new expressions of what’s in me to say.

    Annie

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  29. Twyste says:

    I actually did a journal post on writing last year for someone who was doing NaNoWriMo and afraid they were bad. It’s totally okay to be bad, but you don’t get any better by not doing. (link here – http://ladytwist.insanejournal.com/40754.html )

    I’m a pen and paper writer … I think better that way. There’s lots of scribbled out words by the time I finish a page, but … I finished it. I used to think “what if somebody reads it?” Well, they won’t read it if I don’t show it to them, so it can be messy and grammatically incorrect and I feel sorry for anyone deciphering my handwriting. But it’s mine, I did it, and I’ve scribbled down some things that I looked at later, among all the garbage and misspellings, and went “woah … that came out of MY head?”

    I write, and call myself a writer … far more is written than ever gets put up online. It’s a lot of fiction, and I enjoy it. I write for me, like I do my art for me. If someone else likes it, cool. If not, that’s cool, too. We all have to start somewhere, and the only one that can tell your stories is you.

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  30. Sheila says:

    Thanks for your article. I have thought of writing a few times but fear and thinking that I would not be good enough put a stop to the whole idea. Now with your guidence I will write my story for me I can not wait Thank you Thank you I feel better already lol

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  31. Brooke says:

    In dire desperation to change the course of my life, I gathered all I could on writing, challenges, and tapping (EFT). I read every email you sent me, and tried to practice, but not always to “success”, or so I thought. I didn’t just read your suggestions, I acted and wrote until I was dizzy. Creative, emotional outbursts, dreams, goals, failures, I wrote it all. And I cried a lot, for someone who doesn’t cry. I titled it 40 Days (the last 10 coulda been titled 10 days of darkness). On day fourty-one the world and I finally fell into sync. Let me clarify… it took from August until November…. over 40 days, but when I looked back, I hadn’t writen all those days, just 40 of them. On the last day, not knowing it was entry 40, I wrote in one place, “the end”…. and the next page said “living in the moment” for me, that was an unheard of concept, and I was trying to teach it to myself. That night I had a dream, woke up, and drew a picture, dated it, went back to sleep. Three days later, that same picture arrived on my cell phone in a text message, from someone I didn’t know, needless to say, I decided to live in the momement, and glad I did. Logic can’t always dictate, some times we have to create our destiney.

    I’ve always been a writer of sorts, but never contemplated creating my life the way I wanted with it. Taking your advice, I took my challenge, but also wrote much more outside of that journal. Its changed everything. Thank you! Couldn’t have done it without you.
    xo much love

    I learned: If you want it, write it.

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