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Creativity Notebook entry #4 – Trickster vs Martyr

This is my notebook entry for lesson 4, where we are prompted to reflect on how we’re being a martyr and how we can shift that to trickster energy. Here’s a post on what martyrdom looks like in daily life, and this post talks about the trickster approach to art (and life) as opposed to the martyr approach.

Upon reflection, I find that since my divorce 6 years ago I’ve done a pretty good job of eliminating my martyr behavior. I catch myself feeling unhappy or resentful in one situation or another, and say to myself, “Well then, stop doing that! Do what you really want to do instead. Tell them no, they’ll get over it. And if they don’t, then they’re not really your friend anyway.”

However, there is one area where I now realize I have still been playing the martyr role a bit, and that’s with my fiction writing. In my second notebook entry I said that “writing is work,” and that has been my experience, that it’s somewhat fun like a hobby but that the process is also hard and frustrating, which is why I often choose to read/watch stories instead of writing my own, because that’s more fun. While I understand from talking to other writers that it’s normal for writing to be “work,” now I’m re-examining that and wondering if the martyr in me is making it harder than it has to be.

So now I am shifting my attitude from martyr:

“Writing is hard, serious work that I need to do to become a professional writer.”

to trickster:

“Imagining stories is fun. I’m going to write them down so I can share these exciting adventures with others.”

Just to be clear, I don’t anticipate that writing will stop being work. Rather, I have decided that work will now be a lot more fun, because I choose to approach it that way – like a game, not a final exam.

About Sara Korn

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