How to Write Like Sex and Dance on a Pinhead

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You think you know a person, right. And then she pulls some random shit like this on you.

What is happening right now. You’d like to know. I bet.

You think you know yourself.

You think you know all there is to know inside what you already know and then you got comfortable there.

I’d like to disrupt you for a second, babe, if that’s cool. Because while you are warm and snuggled there in the chaise lounge corner of your punchy Ikea Nockeby sectional, your mind is getting dull and your face is pulling sunken and your beautiful, beautiful wild spirit is growing stupid-restless.

I hate to be the one to tell you this but: this relationship is getting tired. The one you used to have with your writing, your passion, your craft, your art, your thing, your muse. It’s on autopilot and you are coasting, throwing up some staleness on Facebook hoping no one really minds.

Here’s what: We mind.

We can’t go on like this. It’s not fair to you or to me or to our readers or to our clever, cunning, stealth juicy bits.

Obviously, we need us some sex. (What? . . . Was that not obvious?) And not the robotic kind either where you are lying there thinking about which boots to pair with what sweater when this is all well and buttoned-up.

“If only I could feel about sex as I do about writing! That I’m the vehicle, the medium, the instrument of some force beyond myself.” Susan Sontag

We need good sex. With writing. That feels. Like SPARKS, man.

Intense, decadent, dark, raw and just enough hard work to make it worth your valuable time.

And I would like to give it to you. (glad you got off the Nockeby?)

In writing.

In six delicious little words.

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I’m freshly obsessed with the six word story and I highly recommend you rip your heart out trying to master them, too. They are the sharpest, tightest, most maddening trick to pull off and I can’t stop. If you follow me on Instagram (@glorybegin – come play :) ), you know this in all of its slim-twisted gloom. (IG friends: thank you endless for the affection, by the way, it means the world to me and my little stories.)

These tiny beasts are the perfect challenge for sharpening your skills as a writer, a thinker, a warrior on the page. A killer six word story slams you fully awake.

They also come with a warning: lazy six word stories do nothing to advance the craft and everything to set us all back thousands of years culturally. Please remember the magnitude of this kind of pressure before you publish one.

Six words are tough as nails. That’s why you want to play with them.

“You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of the fullness.” Anais Nin

You have to get so deep into a feeling that you can taste the tension clutching at your throat. You have to catch your own breath and then manage to carve it onto the page like tattooing a six-headed-monster before you exhale.

The words must be perfect. They must be razor. They must be clever and ripping and devastating.

They have to cut something open in you. Otherwise it won’t work.

The thought of creating a six word story should disturb you, it should drive you mad finding the right words.

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Conflict and mystery and a hint at (on average) five different meanings is ideal. If you can throw some stuff down that makes you physically ache, NOW you are getting somewhere. It should stretch you, challenge you, trip you up and cause you to seriously question your ability to perform. Anything.

It’s learning to dance on a pinhead: that dexterous, that piercing.

It requires practice.

The most challenging part of my daily meditation practice is to pay attention to exactly how it is for me in the present moment. If I’m frustrated: what is the frustration like? Instead of avoiding it, I look directly into it. How does the frustration physically feel inside my body? What are the sensations? Where are they?

Six word stories are a mindfulness practice for writers. They are an exercise in becoming fully aware of and allowing every wanton thought and emotion to be exactly as it is. How they drip, how they stab, how they punish, how they liberate.

For every six word story I publish I have likely written 10 (okay: 20) that are sloppy and weak. Most six word stories, like most writing, are boring, robotic sex. Ink hits the page but the page is wondering which boots to wear with what sweater when this is all over (there now: full circle. clever minx).

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There is a place inside of each of us that is so fragile it will shatter if we breathe crooked. Out of sheer fear for our emotional survival, mere mortals avoid getting naked in this place.

But artists don’t. That’s what makes artists brave. And catlike. And sexy.

The fragile place is where we have to get to make this good, to make it real, to make it work.

In six words, shatter yourself completely into bits. Be emotionally slung out into orbit so that everything looks newer, grander, brighter, more promising.

Because if we aren’t giving our beloved writing craft our full unblinking attention: what else is there? In art? In sex? In life? In breathing?

Sometimes when I’m clawing at the mind fibers to get to the perfect word, I can hear my muse saying: I’ve got you – but you’ve got to pay the fuck attention, babe.

And she’s right. We only get one shot at this. This moment, this feeling, this story, this life. We only get six words to make it sharp, to make it real, to make it worth it.

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Great writing is born in the rare slender space where we become acutely aware of our mortality and our divinity at the same time. It’s erotic because it’s where the two worlds – that of flesh and that of soul – undress before one another.

It’s the colliding of two recklessly curious galaxies that can no longer keep away from each other. The slamming in your heart, the throbbing in your veins, it’s the cosmic mingling of alien limbs across the universe.

Writing is the creation story happening right between your goddamn fingers.

Disrobe.
Pay attention.
Make it good.
#sixwordstories

 

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Allison Marie Conway is the author of Vein (available now on Amazon) and the creator of Glory Begin Blog & Podcast. Her full body of work is focused on spirituality, sensuality, creativity and inspiration. Email Allison at glorybegin@gmail.com

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28 thoughts on “How to Write Like Sex and Dance on a Pinhead

  1. Ranting Crow

    Minds are presents from past futures!

    Loved that first of 6 word story “Inside the undisciplined mind” Though I might have had a different thought than intended or maybe not.
    A little sexy is always good, the challenge the seducing of the mind, words and even body. Being in a right mood also sets your writing in heat.

    Great read thank you for throwing a log onto my fire.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Hey Ranting,

      Love your comment! And I love that you had multiple thoughts on the meaning – that’s the best kind of frustration / challenge / log right?

      And I like what you say too about a little sexy. I think it’s a really special trick these days to make it just the right amount to stimulate but not exaggerate. If that makes sense.

      Thank you for reading and engaging, my friend. I’m honored. :)

      Peace.

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    2. Alice Lundy

      Thank you for the wake-up, shake-up reminder to let my soul grab hold and write bold. Damn. I almost forgot. You make me want to be a better writer. I just ran across your bad-ass, full-on, deserving of my time writing. Rare. I’m in!

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      1. Allison Marie Post author

        Hello, hello Alice,

        I LOVE your comment! Thank you so much for reading and engaging and letting your bold goodness fly. I am very humbled and honored to know that this serves you well on your creative path. That’s the best gift and I thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

        ROCK ON, my friend. Let’s do this! :)

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Oh, Jim. The six word has you now, baby. You will be up nights.

      But we love it, right. :)

      Thank you so much for reading and engaging. Means the world. ❤️

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  2. AmyRose

    Your words really tore me wide open making me realize that I dance with sex all the time when I am with my camera. And then the words that I “hear” like magic to accompany the image I choose. It is raw. It is real. It is HOT. It is mind blowing. It is orgasmic! And about your 6-word stories …. whoa! I would tussle and struggle and moan and be driven wild until the PERFECT 6 words came. I would dive in and not come up for air until I found those words. Wow this post really really touched me. What you wrote:

    “There is a place inside of each of us that is so fragile it will shatter if we breathe crooked. Out of sheer fear for our emotional survival, mere mortals avoid getting naked in this place.

    But artists don’t. That’s what makes artists brave. And catlike. And sexy.”

    jumped out at me and hugged me so hard as my spirit rose up and yelled YES!!!!
    GREAT POST!!! Thank you for being YOU!! Your Light is beautiful! Love, Amy <3

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Soooo not to be a total drama queen about this but: YOUR COMMENT MADE ME CRY. And turned me on a good bit. And I love you for it, soul sister. Thank you for reading, thank you for daring, thank you for engaging – not just with this post but with your beautiful, incredible, precious, sensual LIFE and all of its crooked orgasmic bits. Your creative work is brilliant and I am honored that you would be touched by my words. I really, truly am. Humbled.
      And I say get yourself all hot and bothered over a 6 word sometime soon if you feel the ache to. . . I have a feeling yours would be seriously badass and desperately sexy. They are like a mirror – they give you back every slick of sweaty desire you put into them. :)
      We are magical, Amy, aren’t we? We creatures of flesh and soul. Thank you for bringing the magic to this place and to all you do. In a world that seems afraid of its own weary weakened shadow, your noble bravery is saving us all.
      BIG LOVE BABE. Stay gorgeous. X

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  3. Peter

    “Six word stories are a mindfulness practice for writers”
    Being a fellow student of mindfulness this really hit me dead centre. I’m loving how deep you delve into these mysterious 6 word Pandora’s boxes. And you saved the best for last, leaving me seriously steamy and hungry for much more =)

    grabbing words, sounds alive, heart desiring.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Thank you so much, Pete. Your connection with and affection for my 6 words has been such a beautiful thing, thank you for your spirit and mind and light. I’m truly, madly grateful.
      I love that we are fellow students of mindfulness – that is awesome (I knew we understood each other in a kindred way). I just completed an 8-week course on the practice and it is fascinating – some day we’ll have to riff on that some more, yes? :)
      Haha, they ARE Pandora’s boxes! So well said – the secrets within, the mystery. It’s so deliciously grand isn’t it.
      I LOVE that you indulged most in the last one. . . you are a clever beast. Hunger is GOOD. Now . . . go play. :)
      P.S. I just dropped some more on IG . . . some poetry is raising its little monster head, too . . . funny how the art catches up to us, right.

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      1. Peter

        My mindfulness practice has been fragmented this year, but I am focussed ever more on incorporating it into my daily routine at the moment. Monday night I will have a quarterly “refresher” course at the centre where my 8 week learning originated. Looking forward to it. I hope to have some poetry to share with them all. :D

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        1. Allison Marie Post author

          Oh! I meant to ask you, Pete, was your 8 week course based around the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn? I just finished an 8 week course that pulled practices and theory heavily from his book “Full Catastrophe Living” and I was so curious what your work has been centered on.

          AND I LOVE that you will share POETRY!!!! Pardon my excessive use of the exclamation point, sir. I am just really freaking excited for this. :) :) XO

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  4. TM Toombs

    Holy crap, woman! Those are insanely fantastic! The desire to try is almost driving me nuts. But I know if I tried, I’d become addicted and everything else I was working on would be shoved to the back of the closet. But WOW. I can see how it would force one to become a much better writer. *My mind is still pondering all the possibilities*

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Haha I love your comment so MUCH! Thank you for your kind words – I am so stoked that you enjoyed these.

      And you are wise, my friend: the six word will not let you go. You give her an inch she will take a yard – which is ironic, I guess, for as tiny as these buggers are. ;)

      They are addictive. SOme beautiful folks have tried them on Twitter and on Instagram with theirs and it’s been pretty cool to sharpen and share together. . . . I mean . . . if you ever want to try . . . :)

      Thank you for your beautiful spirit and engagement! I’m so grateful to hear from you.

      *secretly hopes you try one*

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