For the past few weeks I’ve been participating in My Artist Way’s Toolkit. This is an online companion to Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way. It contains many of the tools from the book, ways to help you get around (or under, or through) obstacles to creativity. It’s presented as a sort of online notebook. You can click to view inspirational quotes, suggested activities and exercises:
Well, as you can see I signed the contract – here is a closer view:
I’m sorry to say I’ve not been very good about honouring the terms of this contract so far. In particular, I’ve not been as good as I should be about writing the “Morning Pages” – you are supposed to do three pages of longhand freestyle writing every morning. But reading all the “why I’m not doing the morning pages” comments on the blogher discussion about the Morning Pages - has perversely enough made me once again feel motivated to try to stick to the routine!
So far the best thing I’ve gained from this process is to become more aware of what Julia Cameron calls the “internal censor”, that little internal voice that is constantly belittling everything you do, telling you not to take risks, making you doubt your abilities. I’ll be writing soon again about this process of using the My Artist Way Toolkit – so watch this space…
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.