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Write it Out

There is a thread that runs through the book I mentioned last month (Jane Dunnewold’s Creative Strength Training) and another book that was a lifeline to me as I climbed out of my pit of creative despair. That book was The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and the thread was the importance of writing as a creative tool. Cameron recommends two major creative tools, a writing exercise that she calls “Morning Pages” and creative excursions called “Artist Dates.”  Now, I was skeptical about Morning Pages. I have been keeping a journal since I was 11 so I thought, “Okay, yeah, I’m doing that.” But, I decided to give them a full test before I rejected them and so I wrote the required three pages of stream of consciousness thoughts every day for six months. Most of it is complete drivel and that’s the point. One goal of Morning Pages is to get the crap that goes ping ponging around your head all day OUT before you start your creative work. I could see the benefit of that and I do feel like the Morning Pages I did met that goal.  My brain felt calmer each day and more welcoming of my creativity.  I’ve fallen out of the habit of the pages as life has gotten a little busier, but when I find my mind in desperate need of some calm, I engage in a little Morning Pages writing meditation and find that it helps. 

Writing Practice

 I do highly recommend The Artist’s Way, but if that doesn’t speak to you, you can still give Morning Pages a try.  As first-thing in the morning as you can manage, sit with three pages of paper and a writing instrument. (She’s studied it and it does have to be three pages. I can’t remember how she feels about typing.)  Start writing.  Just keep the pen moving and write down whatever flits through your head even if it is “I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to write.”  You will probably feel a bit like a kid at a chalkboard writing out a punishment, but keep writing.  Keep going until you’ve filled all three pages. Repeat the next day.  Try it for several days or weeks and see if the cacophony in your head quiets a bit like mine did.  See if the thoughts on your page sometimes yield some interesting insight.  See if your creative spark seems to burn a little brighter.  Come tell us about it on my Facebook page.

Come see this quilt in-person! 
Rising Star Quilters Guild Quilt Show

I created this quilt as part of a challenge with my bee group. We drew crayons from a box and had to use the crayon as inspiration. And, what a challenge it was because the Muse gave me my LEAST favorite color: Shocking Pink. I went for a Warholian Pop Art look with a common sewing tool. Just for fun I slashed the background and zigzag quilted it back together. I call this piece "Running with Scissors" and it will be hanging in my guild show this weekend - Friday October 14th from 10 AM - 7 PM and Saturday October 15 from 10 AM - 5 PM at St. Brigid's Church in Lexington, MA. See the guild site for more details.
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