I'm the program coordinator for the Windy City Chapter of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and one of the programs I've scheduled at the end of 2009 is called Yoga for Writers. Go to www.windycityrwa.org to check out the program schedule I've developed.
Why Yoga for Writers? Well, since I've made a commitment to my yoga practice many good things have happened in my life. I've learned to cope better with loss and I'm learning to understand myself better. Sometimes the latter part isn't pleasant but it's certainly empowering. The only person I can change is me and as I change some people have had a difficult time accepting the change but that's their issue, not mine. I've also learned that engaging with anyone who is unhappy and basically a negative person is not something I want to do anymore.
Okay, so back to how yoga has been a benefit to me in my writing endeavors. Well, I finally finished a manuscript, submitted it after an editor requested the full manuscript and then I received a rejection letter - a nice rejection letter, but still a rejection letter. I now consider myself to be a real writer. I've written a novel, submitted it and I've been rejected. Without yoga the rejection would have been more devastating, instead, I'm looking at this rejection as an opportunity to learn and to grow.
My target audience is publishers of Romantic Suspense and the feedback I received from the editor was that she felt there were two stories going on - a romance and a suspense. After the rejection letter came, I was at the Love Is Murder Con (I'm a board memeber) and I had a chance to talk with the well-established Romantic Suspense author, Patricia Rosemoor about this. So, an opportunity to learn and grow. Please check out Patricia's website - www.patriciarosemoor.com. Every writer can learn something valuable from Patricia.
So, back to Yoga.
Yoga provides an opportunity to reflect and grow, to release ones fears and the negative influences in our lives. As writers we often live from our fears - the fear of rejection, the fear of not being as good as everyone says we are, the fear of not being able to finish a book, the fear of fill-in-the-blank. So, my advice to all writers (and really everyone) is to take a yoga class and check out this ancient form of living with peace and health of mind. But remember, yoga is a journey and not a quick fix. There are so many variations of yoga that anyone from any walk of life can truly adapt it to their way of life.
I'm so excited about this new phase of my life and all the benefits that I've received from yoga that I just had to share it with everyone, but especially writers.
Here's to happiness, prosperity and peace. Salut!