I’m tired of saying “I’m too busy.” I’m tired of not writing. I’m tired of always being caught up in the immediate unimportant.
So I decided to do something about it in 2012. I’m going to complete the twelve-week program called The Artist’s Way. Starting today.
Expect updates on The Artist’s Way on Mondays.
I’ve learned three things today:
1) Morning Pages. I knew a little about these already, through 750words.com, but I didn’t really get the idea until working through Cameron’s explanation. The idea behind Morning Pages is to just write. First thing in the morning. Before the tracks start playing in your head. Before the river of the day raises its babbling voice.
Just writing is super hard for me. I’ve been a student for nine post-high school years. I’m currently a law student and editor-in-chief. I critique and write, write and critique for a living – albeit a future one. The Morning Pages aren’t about writing though, or even fully formed thoughts. It’s about transcribing the gathering voices of the day as the awake. That I’ll find hard to do, but I’ve wanted to do it for so long.
2) Artist Dates. Just you. No one else. A carve out for creative rejuvenation. I usually hit cafes and read/people watch. Think I’ll change it up with a museum, art gallery, or trail run every so often.
3) Deep Roots. I’m a little scared. Creativity isn’t *just* the production of art. It’s an expression of an individual understanding of the world. My understanding will tell me a lot about myself. I’m a pretty well-integrated human being, but I’m also brilliant at hiding things from myself. I have an inkling of what some of these things might be, others lie hidden deeper. The path to creativity lies through the heartwood of my self. I wonder what I’ll find.