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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 10, 2013

William Plover 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. That’s beautiful!

    June 10, 2013
  2. Daily writing practice streak: 180 days in a row (six months! whoohoo!) of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP.

    Submitted a large section to my writers’ group for critique.

    This week: So much to do this week that I’m back in the time vise — but the good thing about being in this space is that it forces me out of procrastination and time wasting. There isn’t a moment to spare, so I don’t have to worry about maximizing productivity. It just is.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [missed a bunch of journaling days]
    * Daily writing practice [yes]
    * Walk x2 [none]
    * 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
    * Read group’s pieces for Wednesday writers’ group
    * Walk x2 [still reducing expectations here given prolonged hamstring issue]
    * Daily reading

    Last week’s FUN:
    * “Treat” reading [Poets & Writers, Bookmarks Magazine, One Story] [yes]
    * Gardening [no]

    This week’s FUN:
    * Not sure I have time for fun this week…whatever happens in the recreation department will be totally ad hoc!

    June 10, 2013
  3. MAM #

    This is a lovely post, and so inspiring! This week I am praying for long naps and plan to get caught up on some fiction writing. Now off to make that schedule…

    June 10, 2013
  4. Last week I made a few prints at Pam Lawson’s. This week I’m packing for vacation but here are my goals:
    1. complete a rough draft of the piece for the Tarbell brochure (preferably before we leave on friday, not sure this is realistic as I barely got through the bulk of the FY13 gallery budget today. Sigh.
    2. Draw daily while on vacation! Bringing sketchbook, pencils, and watercolors
    3. blog the last 2 prints before we leave on friday

    June 10, 2013
  5. last week’s goals: survive a gazillion appointments (check), make a few more(check), more artist’s way (check, but not completely consistent), finish critique of friend’s manuscript(check, now to get it back to her), and one more submission (check).

    exam and graduation week here, so this week’s goals: house ready for guests, gain consistency in the artist’s way, one more submission, and if possible crack open a WIP i’m still excited about to organize the the story arc after the point i have reached.

    June 11, 2013
  6. I spend a lot of time in my home so I want to use my creative time to thoughtfully look at my living and office space to make it a happier place. It functions, but I want to add personal touches like my travel photos. I think that will make me happier with my space and myself.

    June 13, 2013

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