I’m finally getting one of these posts up on time! 🙂
- Week 10 Theme: “Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection.” This chapter asks us to examine any toxic patterns that we use to block our creative path and how to overcome them.
- Morning Pages: I missed a couple of days over the weekend because I was getting up SO EARLY to go skiing. Got right back into them though.
- Artist Date: I’m still participating in a free online business boot camp called Women on Purpose, and the calls are so inspiring I’m considering them my artist date. Probably a cop-out, but that’s the best I can do right now.
Any “Aha” Moments?
- Some of the self-inflicted blocks to creativity mentioned in Chapter 10 include alcohol, food, obsessive love, etc. Another is workaholism, which I
at first dismissed as not applicable. After all, I’m doing work I love, and I don’t have a day job that gets in the way of my creative time. However, this book was written 20 years ago, well before the explosion of the Internet and Social Media in particular. It’s tricky because so much of what I do online is work-related, but I also realize that I am often seduced into tinkering around on social media sites when I should be creating. Updating Twitter and Facebook, blogging and commenting on blogs can seem like “real” work – and sometimes it is – but very often it’s also procrastination, or even worse, total avoidance. It’s also a bottomless pit. There is no way to be “finished” with social media tasks.
- Once again I am examining the amount of time I spend on social media to see if there is a way to balance it more with creative time. For one thing, I know I have to let go of the guilt I’ve been feeling lately around not being able to comment on as many blogs, or even respond to comments on my own blog. I genuinely want to support others’ blogs and acknowledge the folks who support mine, but I also know that if I keep going at the pace I kept before the 12 x 12 challenge started, I would never get any writing done. So I’m still working on striking the right balance. Cameron emphasizes that the things we use to block are not bad in and of themselves (and in fact can be good). The key is acknowledging when we are abusing them to block ourselves.
A few favorite quotes from the Week 10 chapter:
“If creativity is like a burst of the universe’s breath through the straw that is each of us, we pinch that straw whenever we pick up one of our blocks. We shut down our flow. And we do it on purpose.”
“There is a difference between zestful work toward a cherished goal and workaholism. That difference lies less in the hours than it does in the emotional quality of the hours spent.“
“We are the origin of our art, it’s homeland. Viewed this way, originality is the process of remaining true to ourselves.”
Do you have creative blocks? How do you attempt to overcome them?Creativity, Social Media, The Artist's Way, Writing · Tags: Creativity, Julia Cameron, Julie Hedlund, Social Media, Spirituality, The Artist's Way, Writer, Writing