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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 9, 2013

Stephen King On Writing

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.

    December 9, 2013
  2. Tuesday morning I will edit and finalize my query for my memoir (my story of being alienated from my mother after my parents’ divorce). On Wednesday I will have a list of agents to submit to.

    December 9, 2013
    • What an interesting topic, musing!

      December 12, 2013
  3. Last week was a good, productive week. Still feeling on top of things, despite all of the holiday action items. My first-day-of-the-month mega planning session is really paying off.

    Daily writing practice (minimum of 500 words) streak is at 35 days. As usual, just when things get sticky and I start getting disheartened with my WIP, something breaks loose and I figure out where I am again. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * More structural work on WIP [yes]
    * Continue improvements in workday focus and output [yes]
    * Decide on handmade ornament project [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * More structural work on WIP
    * Continue workday focus and output
    * Finish handmade ornament project
    * If there’s a window, Project Life session during the weekend

    December 9, 2013
  4. maureen #

    as a stay at home mother artist of 11 years I have done a varied path to bringing home extra cash to cover my art supply buying habit. I am committing to an physical organizing task for the first three months of next year as it has taken 11years to get to this point. my goal is stay on that task first and foremost. other goal is to successfully establish an ebay account to post some LOTS of items. And most importantly FEEL the success of doing that.

    December 10, 2013
    • Three cheers for ebay — and for divesting, Maureen!

      December 12, 2013

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