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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 23, 2013

Pam Grout

Commit 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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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. It’s all a blur of work right now. Trying not to panic about how much is on deck for this week! Will try to maintain some kind of presence….I think it’s going to be Eckhart Tolle on audio during every moment in the car :-/

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [one mega-journaling session]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Create two alphabet illustrations for my kindergartener’s “parents’ alphabet book” [yes!]
    * Continue exercises in The Story Template [no]
    * Project Life update (shoot for August pages) [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Polish excerpt from WIP for organizers of upcoming live reading event [this one is important–and is due Wednesday]
    * Keep head from falling off

    September 23, 2013
  2. last week’s goals: finish felix hand edits in copy. begin transposition into digital version manuscript edits. keep up daily writing and creativity in other areas, declutter. going to go with the flow and not force, waiting on art.

    check daily writing, and other creativity. still working on felix edits, started declutter process, again, things amped with kids, etc in appts, and some other demands on my time and energy. i also paid attention to my needs for time and space to allow for things to happen naturally rather than force whenever I could. it’s been a crazy year, and that IS beginning to slow down, and I need to, too.

    remind me when nano comes around that I declared here and now that this year i will not do it! i have many viable projects on the table for the time being!! 🙂

    September 23, 2013
  3. am finding writing itself so creative . thanks

    September 23, 2013
    • Come back and share again in future, zoominghigh! 🙂

      September 27, 2013
  4. I am very excited for this week. I have started a LARGE painting, my largest ever, at 48″x60″!!! It will hang in a restaurant and I just cannot wait to see the end result. It has already progressed farther than I expected and its only day 1! This probably won’t be the last large painting, this is so much fun!!!

    September 23, 2013
    • Wow, Christina! I hope you’ll share photos of the finished piece!

      September 27, 2013
  5. Creative Intentions- I love it when I follow through on them!

    September 24, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on RhOksh and commented:
    I personally needed such a program.

    September 27, 2013
  7. I have a sketch of a geometrical islamic design needs coloring. Shoukd start doing that.

    September 27, 2013

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