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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 3, 2013

Miles Davis 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: 173 days in a row of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP. Wishing I could lock myself away for two weeks and finish it. (A girl can dream, right?)

    This week: Client work crunch continues. My youngest starts summer vacation on Friday and while I’ve nailed down a few of the biggest variables for the summer, I still need to work out a bit of child care for the immediate future!

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes — tho missed a few days of journaling]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Walk x3 [x2t]
    * 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 x2 [reducing expectations here given prolonged hamstring issue]
    * Daily reading

    Last week’s FUN:
    * Finish reading current issue of Poets & Writers [read a few more pages but still not done]]
    * Gardening [yes!]

    This week’s FUN:
    * “Treat” reading [Poets & Writers, Bookmarks Magazine, One Story]
    * Gardening

    June 3, 2013
  2. i will spend 1 hour each evening writing and catching up on others’ writing

    June 3, 2013
  3. This week I will write two blog posts & work for at least 4 hours on my WIP. I will also try to go running twice depending on my dodgy knee.

    June 4, 2013
  4. last week’s goals:
    write, (check) Artist’s Way (check), critique further in friend’s manuscript (check), send out another two submissions (half check, and rejection came back quickly – i am finding that the more i research and tailor my queries to agency and agent, the less number i am getting out)

    this week’s goals: survive a gazillion appointments, make a few more, more artist’s way, finish critique of friend’s manuscript, and one more submission.

    June 4, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on MOTHERS and commented:
    Looking for something and I couldn’t find it. Trying to understand details and to afraid to commit. Don’t know what to do until I’ve seen this.

    June 4, 2013
  6. This post strikes a chord with me because the primary reason I am now blogging is to keep me on track creatively.Thanks for the inspiration!

    June 7, 2013

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