Happy 12-12-12 all you fabulous writers out there.
We’re in full swing into the holiday season: in the midst of Chanukkah, today is the Feast of Our Virgin of Guadalupe, and soon, the Solstice will be upon us and the light will conquer the dark. Ahhhh….sunlight again. Can you imagine it? Hold that thought. Hold it tight all the way through Christmas morning.
In the meantime, we should be taking short breaks to get our Write On. 😀
Hopefully two weeks ago you worked on the exercises towards recovering a sense of compassion — part of The Artist’s Way, Week 9 work. Yes, it’s work. It’s called Art Work, because there is work involved. That’s why artists should get paid. No one blinks when an lawyer loves their work and gets paid, or the doctor, or the engineer….but, I digress.
Here’s a few more “Blasting Through Blocks” exercises/tasks, they should be coupled with the exercises from your prompt on Nov. 28.
3. Ask yourself if that is all. Have you left out itsy fear? Have you suppressed any “stupid” anger? Get it on the page.
4. Ask yourself what you stand to gain by not doing this piece of work. Some examples: If I don’t write the piece, no one can hate it. If I don’t write the piece, my jerk editor will worry. If I don’t paint, sculpt, act, sing, dance (do my sketchbook), I can criticize others, knowing I could do better.
5. Make your deal. The deal is: “Okay, Creative Force, you take care of the quality, I’ll take care of the quantity.” Sign your deal and post it.
A word of warning: this is a very powerful exercise; it can do fatal damage to a creative block.
Hoping you’re still attending the Writing Cafes. My life has been particularly challenging lately; but, I did get back into the swing of things this week. I was solo this last Monday (Sheri came later on, but saw my concentration level and let me be…she’s so sweet); but, I got lots of work done. Writing Cafes? you say. Yes, See our Web site calendar
for more info. Be advised, Tuesday evening cafes are still going on at Sawdust Cafe beginning at 6 p.m., however once the workshops start on Tuesday evenings in 2013, they will be every other week.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“Learning is movement from moment to moment.” ~ J. Krishnamurti.
What did you Write today?
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