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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ October 21, 2013

Twyla Tharp

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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  1. Reblogged this on For Your Family.

    October 21, 2013
  2. Last week:

    – finished my mom’s birthday video.
    – started knitting the gift baby blanket
    – read to my heart’s content – actually analyzing what I would or would not fix in the writing.

    This week:
    – figure out if I’m doing NaNo for real or as a NaNo rebel.
    – knit another 10 rows.

    October 21, 2013
    • What are you latest thoughts on NaNo, Heather??

      October 24, 2013
      • I still don’t know Miranda. I’m not even sure which of my ideas I’d pursue. I think I want to just to stay in my regular writing practice. The knitting is fine though. 🙂

        October 24, 2013
  3. It feels like I’m about to enter another transition period…only one more week of football for my 8-year-old; the weather is turning cool. I’m trying to enjoy these moments — exemplified by a couple of hours at the field on Saturday tossing the football with my son. The overcast light of the late afternoon was magic — it was cool and windy without being cold, and as I threw the football to my son while we practiced different routes (I’m refining my spiral and learning how to kick), I basked in the feeling that there was nowhere else I wanted to be; nothing else I’d rather be doing. Just me and my kid having a great time in the beauty of a fall afternoon. It was a special couple of hours that I’ve committed to memory.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Submit short story to contest [yes]
    * Anything else is a bonus! [snuck in a Project Life bonus session!]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Start working on next section of WIP

    October 21, 2013
  4. I submitted my first 3000 word module for my degree today so now I’m free for a week -the plan for the week is to get into creative writing and drawing again, maybe EVEN get a very short animation at least started and then maybe make some sugar mice and chocolate dinosaurs… ^-^
    It’s my first time on word press today too – hi!

    October 25, 2013
    • Hi Georgie! Great to see you here. How did it go with the sugar mice?? xo

      October 31, 2013
      • Hee hee they didn’t happen this week unfortunately xD I was so busy preparing for the kids Taekwon-do session today so I’ll have to leave them for another less busy week xD hope everyone else was a bit more successful than I this week 🙂

        October 31, 2013
      • Some weeks it happens, some weeks it doesn’t–we take it where we can get it, right??

        October 31, 2013
  5. Start but not necessarily finish a new piece this weekend!

    October 25, 2013

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