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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 8, 2012

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true: hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” ~Ray Bradbury


This is the moment to deepen, or commit to, your regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if at all 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.

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 is a great way to leverage the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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  1. Been having a tough go of it with my current WIP — lots of wrestling and fussing, much less writing. It’s just about killed me to bang out my 500-word daily quota.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes — but there were a couple of days when my difficult writing practice spilled over into morning practice time]
    * Daily writing practice [yes, uncomfortable as it was]
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group [yes]
    * Prepare for Wednesday Writers’ Workshop [yes]
    * Prepare for Thursday nonfiction group [yes]
    * Blog post [no]
    * Open Studio Groton marketing and development projects [yes]
    * Yoga/walk/run x2 [only x 1 plus a family walk]
    * Reading [yes — finished Telling Lies for Fun and Profit, which was great]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
    * Daily writing practice
    * Complete installment of short story for “5PM Friday” weekly accountability group
    * Prepare for Wednesday Writers’ Workshop [T]
    * Blog post [T]
    * Open Studio Groton marketing and development projects [T/W/Th]
    * Yoga/walk/run x2
    * Reading

    October 8, 2012

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