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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ April 29, 2013

George Bernard Shaw quote

If you aren’t doing your creative work as often as you’d like, recommit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task. (Time estimates can make a daunting project feel more accessible.)

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. Wonderful to wake up and read some inspiring words on a slow Monday morning! Shared it!! Thank you and have a creative day.

    April 29, 2013
    • Thank YOU, Betina! Have a fabulous week.

      April 29, 2013
  2. Awesome weekend in Ithaca with my oldest son, who graduates in a couple of weeks. So grateful for having that time with him. And all of those solo hours on the road were a bonus prize.

    Daily writing practice streak: 138 days in a row of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP. Going well right now (I’ll take it while it lasts).

    This week: preparing for youngest son’s fifth birthday next week. Lots of other logistics and projects to focus on: summer plans, visiting colleges with my daughter, sorting out a long-term care plan for my mother-in-law (who lives with us — not sustainable), garden.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * One editorial session [yes]
    * Work on newsletter [no]
    * Walk x3 [x2]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Project Life [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions are a repeat:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Work on newsletter [T]
    * Walk x3 [T/Th/Fri]
    * Daily reading

    This week’s FUN:
    * Watch Game of Thrones [Sun]
    * Watch the Louis CK special (recorded) [one evening w/husband]

    April 29, 2013
  3. after a hiatus to heal from my car accident and to come back down after going through my first novel journey, i am ready to get back to it.

    wrote a poem today. :)

    my writing group had taken a hiatus, too. so when we get back together regularly, that will help me be more accountable to my own creativity.

    taking lots of flower photos and the like in the meantime.

    this week, ie: tomorrow: i am going to dip back into submissions and to my latest novel project. at least 2 query and submissions and a read through of what i have so far and create an outline to take the story to its end in a more organized way.

    April 29, 2013
  4. i agree, its always the process that stays with us when we reach our goals :)

    April 29, 2013

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