I came to #Stoicism as a blocked and unhappy writer, looking for motivation and meaning to start creating again. I found that Stoic practice actually requires a daily habit of writing! More than that, Stoic journaling is less a monologic, introspective, and self-indulgent activity and more a dialogic engagement with what has been said and lived for the purposes of cultivation of the self as a rational individual and as a social being. Joy!
I invite you to join me in the "Stoic Writing Scene" group to explore the art and craft of Stoic writing. Our Stoic meditations might forever remain private, but they can be well-written, coherent, clear. Or, we might choose to share them with the Stoic community and beyond or leave them behind as our legacy for those we love.
Let's read and talk about what has already been written, how it has been written, and how our responses can help us cultivate wiser and happier lives in relation to our self and to others.
I've spent a lifetime teaching the "how-to" of writing (language, grammar); I'd like to spend the rest of my limited time teaching and learning the "why-to" of writing (this is what a Stoic philosophy and practice helps us to clarify).
A Stoic Writing Marathon
And, now for a challenge. The writers in the group will know about NaNoWriMo, the writing-marathon challenge to produce a 50,000-word novel during the 30 days of November. Well, I've set up an "event" (on the Stoic Writing Scene group) for a Stoic NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo is to creative writers what a marathon is to long-distance runners. Stoic relevance? Umm, Chrysippus was not only the most prolific writer of all the Stoics (he wrote about 705 books!) but also trained as a long-distance runner. And, there are so many parallels in the Stoic writings between training for Stoic life and training for athletic competition. (See Epictetus's Discourses 3.15.)
More: Daily writing is already a prerequisite for Stoic practice and training towards reaching our potential for wise and happy living.
So, a Stoic NaNoWriMo could literally be a commitment to 30 days of Stoic journaling. To meet the 50,000-word goal, that's a daily journal entry of 1.667 words. (Marcus Aurelius's "Meditations" runs to ~45,000 words in the Long translation.) A month of training for the life marathon of Stoic journaling.
I hope you join me!
Join a small and dedicated group for Stoic chat, practice, and writing prompts. This is a closed Facebook group dedicated to Stoic journaling and writing with Stoic habits.