What Do You Want In Your Circle?

by Elizabeth Rusch
Published on: January 20, 2014
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In a recent, early-in-the-new-year Scriva meeting, we did two short activities that are meant to sharpen focus, boost spirits and build community.

The first was inspired by Igolu.com, which has some wonderful goal-setting exercises, which you can check out here.

In the simple exercise that we tried, you draw a large circle on a blank page. Inside the circle you write all the ideas, emotions, things and qualities that you want in your life. You can do this for your writing life or your life in general – or both! Outside the circle you can write what you don’t want in your life. Then spend some time just thinking on what you wrote in your circle. How can you welcome those things into your life?

The second exercise is meant to shift the focus a bit to some very important people in your life – your beloved critique group members. This exercise is designed to build community and boost spirits by recognizing each member’s strengths and sharing your hopes and dreams for them.  For each member, complete the following sentences (write out your thoughts):

* I really admire/am inspired by the way you…

* The words that come to mind when I think of you are…

* The words that come to mind when I think of your writing are…

* If I could wish anything for your writing life this year, it would be…

Then give these slips of paper for people to read later.

Writing these thoughts down made me think about what I appreciate about each person, made me grateful that they are part of the group, made me hopeful about what the year might have in store for us.  And reading mine made me feel understood, appreciated, supported. And that is something we can all use more of in our lives.

Elizabeth Rusch


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