Sa Ham- I am She series on The Earthwoman
Over Navratri 2017, I wrote twelve posts on the theme “Sa Ham – I am She.”
Excerpt on writing process:
- I committed to writing this series. I knew I could write it. There was no self-doubt nor did I hesitate.
- I woke up early each day, fixed myself tea and sat down to write. I went about the day only after the article was written and published.
- Some of the topics had been stewing for long. They were pre-planned. Others were not. The topic for the next day emerged at end of puja each day. The topic emerged as a phrase or title and I knew what the content would be.
- Sometimes I would begin processing the topic as I did other activities. Often, I did not think of it until I was ready to write. Early morning, when I sat down to write, the brain was clear of noise. I wrote easily. In those pieces, the writing style was smooth and flowed well. When I processed topic through the day, flitting from one perspective to another, the output was forced. I wasn’t as satisfied with the work.
- Some of the posts had many readers with several hundred page views. Some did not. I had an outcome planned. I wanted each one of my posts to reach a unique woman and help her in some form. I am proud to say that each of my posts did that – 12 women for 12 posts.
- Few of the posts stirred up lost content to the surface and I spent the day resolving it. Some days I was physically tired. However, I was sure I would wake up the next morning and sit down to write as usual.
- Each post was edited twice. The editing was minor. Much of the composition and editing happened in the head prior to writing. I was aware of each sentence as I wrote it. If it didn’t feel right, I reworded or deleted.
- The series reached men too. I found there was a difference in the way in which male readers responded vs female readers to this series. Most of the women used the series to probe/decide/act in an area of life. Men creatively responded.
- I was thrilled that the series reached women beyond religious affiliation and cultural belonging. I knew the articles had insights that transcended the limited community for whom it was written. However, the reach was unplanned.
- Couple of friends suggested I convert the series into an experiential Sacred Circle of Healing event. I have decided to facilitate the first one this Winter Solstice in Hyderabad. If you are interested, please mention in the comments.
Complete Links to the 2017 Series:
(3) The Battle
(6) she is She
(12) No Visarjan/Sa Ham