How to start practicing Contemplative Writing as a counter-measure to the automation of AI writing.
by Megan Fleming
As mentioned in our recent blog, “Will AI Take Over Writing? What Does the Future Hold for Writers?”, the act of writing can be an antidote to machine-composed drafts when it crosses over into contemplative practice. Adam Fleming explains,
Writing can be an act of contemplation. I learn so much about myself while I explore, that not only do my stories have those magical happy accidents while I’m drafting, but I also acquire greater understanding of myself as a person from the process.
Contemplative writing is a combination of meditation and writing therapy, with discipline thrown in. People may be familiar with the type of writing that involves “dumping,” where one just lets the mind empty onto the page. However, Contemplative Writing has the added element of finding an effective prompt to get to some deeper life lessons, self-discovery, or even unresolved traumas, and includes debriefing. How to start this process?
Here are a few starting points for those who want to explore the practice of Contemplative Writing:
Just a few more notes about the steps above: your “safe place and time” may vary according to your life stage and/or preferences. One person may find a private space with incense burning conducive to the practice, while others may find group sessions in a sunlit public space helpful in feeling supported and getting the accountability and empathy they need. Either way, taking the time and self-discipline to pursue this introspective exercise can be a key way to maintain emotional and spiritual health. What contemplative writing goals do you want to set this year?
Thanks to the following resources for informing this blog:
Megan Fleming is Lead Editor at Victory Vision Publishing. She has a Painting degree with a TESOL minor, and has taught Art and English to both students and adults. Her love of literature and clean copy merged when she began editing full time in 2020, and she has since been able to use her experience in MLA, Chicago, AP, and APA styles. Megan and her husband, Adam Fleming, live in a small Midwest town and have four children. Megan enjoys making her own art, gardening, pursuing a master’s degree, and reading fiction in between the cracks.