A few weeks ago I began reading and working through a book a friend recommended to me: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I am finding it useful even though I’m not following through very well on all the tasks. Basically you are supposed to journal every morning what she calls the morning pages and once a week you are to take yourself on an artist date; with yourself. So I’ve been doing about 70% of the morning pages and have done my artist dates and I am beginning to enjoy both the journaling and the dates.
The big task for this week is called reading depravation. You are to cut yourself off from reading: novels, the newspaper, emails. This book is from the late 1980’s I think so she doesn’t mention ‘social networking.’ I do all my reading on the computer, kindle and iphone but I do ‘get it’. So I’m going to try it this week. No reading, no emails, nor Facebook or Twitter. I’m also going to cut out 90% of television for the week. And I’m going to see how it goes and what I’ll do with my time. The hope is that it lures me to explore my creativity.
I’ll check in next week and update on what, if anything I gained from this little exercise. Already this past week I found myself one day sitting with my watercolors and playing when this magical blue flower flowed out of my head and onto the paper. Wow, how did that happen?