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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 27, 2013

Kurt Vonnegut quote

Commit, or recommit, to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying 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, which 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. Daily writing practice streak: 166 days in a row of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP. Just when I think I’ve hit the wall, I make an interesting discovery. None of this would happen if I didn’t cling to my daily quota like a drowning rat on driftwood.

    This week: More than ready for the awesome weather on deck this week after this spring’s prolonged cold and wet here in New England. Will make full use of my al fresco office, aka the patio. Lots of client work this week so I’ll have plenty of opportunity to sunbathe while working ;-)

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Walk x3 [x2]
    * Daily reading [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions are another repeat:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Walk x3 [M/W/Sat]
    * Daily reading

    Last week’s FUN:
    * Finish reading current issue of Poets & Writers [almost at the end now -- it take me three weeks to read an issue, apparently]
    * Family fun over long weekend [yes -- amazing to have three completely unscheduled days -- no LAX, no birthday parties, no nothing!]

    This week’s FUN:
    * Finish reading current issue of Poets & Writers
    * Gardening

    May 27, 2013
  2. I want to get creative with my sewing machine… to duplicate in silk the mandalas I have created with pencil crayon and markers… hope I have the stick-to-ive-ness I will need to see at least one project through to completion.

    May 27, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on Susanna Hartigan.

    May 27, 2013
  4. last week’s:
    1. research and send out to two more agents first novel manuscript,
    2. read through the current wip that was shelved for healing period and possible work a little on an outline to contain the wildly imaginative possibilites that stalled me.
    3. begin read through writing partner’s current draft. (check)
    (4. includes start Artist’s Way in my reply to myself) (check)

    and just made plan to meet with writing partner today, to get back on track with weekly tuesday mornings.

    this week’s goals:
    write, Artist’s Way, critique further in friend’s manuscript, send out another two submissions.

    May 28, 2013

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