I have been a writer all my life. Even before I could actually form the letters myself I would tell stories to my Dad and ask him to write them down for me. They weren’t exactly literary treasures but, in those days, I never doubted the authenticity of my creative spirit.
As I grew older something happened and those stories began to fade. No longer convinced that my stories were worth sharing my voice was hushed and I let it grow cold with hardly a thought to rekindle it. Then a friend convinced me to take a Wildfire Writing workshop from my now good friend and writing coach, Christi Krug.
Christi’s workshop reminded me of the silent writer still inside and offered me the tools to ignite that voice again. Over five years and 400 blog posts later, I am still writing and expressing my creative voice through a variety of media.
Now Christi has woven those tools into a new book, Burn Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Creative Breakthrough. In her book she offers warm encouragement as well as short exercises, or Sparks, to help rekindle those creative fires and break through obstacles that commonly challenge a creative life.
While Christi is a successful author and teacher her creative interests are not limited to writing alone. I love that in the midst of the excitement of launching a new book she thought not only of making cookies but of sharing them across the miles through a guest post:
Christi's Recipe: As a highly creative person, I love to bake things I can experiment with, finding new flavor combinations and texture possibilities. Yet as a writer and writing coach, I don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Further, being gluten sensitive narrows my choices. However, I’ve found the perfect base cookie recipe that is gluten-free, quick, easy, delicious, and allows for plenty of experimentation. Lesson: there is always a way to indulge your creative freedom, and your sweet tooth, if you’re willing to put forth positive intentions.