One of most revolutionary ways we can write is with our bodies.
Here’s an exercise in how we can do that.
Begin by drawing the outline of your body in your journal.
Then walk through the body of your work (article, chapter, book, etc.) in the following way:
When I think about the introduction, I feel ___ in the ___ area of my body.
When I think about first section, I feel ___ in the ___ area of my body.
When I think about 2nd section, I feel ___ in the ___ area of my body.
(Continue by section or chapter, whichever applies best.)
When I think about conclusion, I feel ___ in the ___ area of my body.
Draw a symbol for each feeling in the outline of your body.
Then write down 2 or 3 things that your body is telling you about your work.
I could use more strength and confidence in my voice in the introduction.
I could use more feminine receptivity in chapters 2 and 4.
And let me know what you discover!
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a writing coach with 20 years of experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels in universities, as well as in diverse community settings. She specializes in working with women in academe.