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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ November 4, 2013

Samuel Beckett

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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13 Comments Post a comment
  1. ok. i’m doing art every day in november. i’ve joined a mandala class to make it easy. but just the act of making mandalas motivates me to do other art too.

    November 4, 2013
    • Fabulous, Elizabeth! I sense a forthcoming blog post from you: “Mandalas: The Gateway Art” 😉

      November 4, 2013
  2. Today I am going to review a plein air painting I did yesterday and a few other works. I also will continue organizing and pricing some of my paintings for a booth that I will have at a fundraiser in a couple of weeks. Being open to my inner voice today.

    November 4, 2013
    • Lovely! Feel free to share links here any time you like xo

      November 4, 2013
  3. I’ve made progress in sorting out my work day and time-management issues. Looking forward to testing out some new practices this week. I also spent some time this weekend defining my goals and intentions for November. (NOVEMBER. Holy crap.)

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Start working on next section of WIP — November’s writers’ group meeting is on deck [yes, but only minimal progress]
    * Make improvements in workday focus and output [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Continue working on next section of WIP for November’s writers’ group
    * Continue improvements in workday focus and output

    November 4, 2013
  4. This week’s assignment is 4 self portrait sketches, yikes! But it’s all good as it isn’t as if the Louvre is demanding them for display!

    November 4, 2013
  5. Love this post. Now…I’m gonna go write something.

    November 4, 2013
    • Yes! Hope you had a good session, animating….

      November 8, 2013
  6. last week:
    – decided on NaNo, see below.
    – knit a bit before going to Whitehorse.

    this week:
    – NaNo / PAD challenge: I am writing a poem a day based on the prompts, using them to explore my 3 day Novel work and my fairy tale manuscripts. I need to catch up on a couple because the jet lag from Whitehorse knocked me flat.
    – knit a few more rows
    – blog about Whitehorse.

    November 4, 2013
    • Lovely, Heather! So impressed with your NaNo/PAD commitment. YEAH!

      November 8, 2013
  7. Karoline #

    Hi All, I am new to this blog. I had a plan for today and it involved mixing some concrete with perlite to make my own substrates for indoor outdoor wall mosaics. I was thinking 2 1/2 -3 hours for the task while the kids are at school. I am trying to have new work for the only one craft show I am doing this fall.
    BUT!!! I just got word that jpegs of another large work is needed by Friday the 8th and written bio and art statement for the work, which means switching gears and/ or adding the completeing of the large work and Photographing it to my list of things to do. Now my task is to allow myself to feel the frustration, take deep breaths, fight the drive to drink too much coffee and eat too much chocolate and LEARN from taking so much on. ps. the laundry also needs to get done.

    November 5, 2013
    • A very good problem indeed, Karoline — needing to stop because someone needs your bio and artist’s statement. Getting yourself out there…bravo.

      November 8, 2013

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