So glad so many of you are making it to the writing cafes. I miss being able to go to the evening ones — but, the only constant in life is change. Regardless if you’re not setting aside at least one of these times for your inner artist, the true writer inside of you, why not make a fall resolution to do so. Reminders for these come from Takako, Sara, or Sheri. So if you want to be on the mailing list for those, please let me know.
OK, so the discussion regarding changing the time for our Workshops was well participated. I appreciate that. There does seem to be a push from folks to change it from the weekend to a weekday evening. However, Mondays at the library are not available. So for now, we’ll keep it to Sunday until my schedule changes again (Post Football Season) and we perhaps have another opportunity for a different night. Therefore next workshop remains on Sunday, September 23, at 3 p.m. at the North Bend Library Meeting Room.
Have you been doing your morning pages? How was your artist date? Inspirational reading? When was the last time you sent a charming note?
Today’s exercises towards creative recovery have to deal with how kind or unkind we are to ourselves. Grab that piece of paper and start exploring:
* Ten ways I am mean to myself are…Just as making the positive explicit helps allow it into our lives , making the negative explicit helps us to exorcise it.
* Ten items I would like to own that I don’t are…And again, you may want to collect these images (remember last week’s exercises?). In order to boost sales, experts in sales motivation often teach rookie salesmen to post images of what they would like to own. It works.
* Honestly, my favorite creative block is…(fill in the blank) TV, overreading, friends, work, rescuing others, overexercise. You name it. Whether you can draw or not, please cartoon yourself indulging in it.
* My payoff for staying blocked is…This you may want to explore in your morning pages. (You’re doing your morning pages, yes?)
* The person I blame for being blocked is…Again, use your pages to mull on this.
Lots to ponder and get to work on. Next week we dive into Week 6 of The Artist’s Way (just so those still following along with their own books/workbooks can keep track).
I’m going to take this moment before I close with the Moment of Writing Zen to do a little shameless self promotion. I’m always happy to brag about the creative accomplishments of any of you, so don’t be shy. Give me that information and I’ll be sure to share with the group. At any rate, I wanted to let you all know that I’ll be teaching creative writing to 4th and 5th graders through the Snoqualmie YMCA Kids University. The class is called “Writers Clubhouse.” Please tell everyone you know with a 4th and 5th grader. The class is Fridays after school — so gives working parents a bit of help on those short days. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. beginning on Sept. 24th. through Nov. 10th. If I get an enrollment of 10 students, there are three scholarships available, too. But I need those 10 students first.
And now your moment of Writing Zen: “The more we learn to operate in the world based on trust in our intuition, the stronger our channel will be and the more money we will have.” ~Shakti Gawain
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