Artist’s Way: Week 1 Check-In

26 Mar

1.) How many days this week did you do your morning pages?

I’m happy to report that I rocked out the 3 required pages for each and everyday. Though, on Saturday, I cheated (in a way). I wasn’t able to write them when I first woke up, so they were rather penned throughout the day, and it was HELL!!! At all costs, I’m committed to devoting 25 to 30 minutes in the morning to these pages. I’ve done morning writing before with my dream journal, and it definitely puts you on a path of success. Though, one must understand that its not the words you write which is the ingredients of that success, it’s the writing endurance you build, the devotion, and confidence that comes from routine writing.

2.) Did you do your artist date this week? 

I’ve been going on artist dates before I knew they existed. Perhaps since the process became official, I didn’t amp it up. I chose to see one of my favorite picture books morphed into a motion picture, with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. I had to wake up early in order to catch the film and therefore was not in the right mindset. There was just 3 guys in the theatre, a Dad, a son, and me. I fell asleep mid-way through the film and missed the Lorax’s grand entrance. Thanks to illegal yet readily available bootlegs I was able to later catch up on what I missed. I didn’t take away a lot from the film, but it was certainly a feast for the eyes. I enjoyed seeing how vividly cute the characters were. The film also positively models how a moral message can be embedded within a story while not eclipsing the entertainment value. While it’s easy to spy a movie, I think for future artist dates I need to step out of my comfort zone and do stuff I haven’t done before. The first thing that comes to mind is going for the first time to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. I don’t have get a million dollar idea from the artist date, but I want experience something new to add the vault of memories. Something different preferred. Inspiration can come from running, biking, and showering.

3.) Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery? 

I feel I should have started the tasks a lot earlier than the last day. As the program dictates, we are to complete 5 of the 10 tasks. While, I technically did that, if I had planned in advance, I could have put more effort into each one. While I’ve always been against people who say this, I’m on board with the slogan, “the more you put in something, the more you get out of it.” The morning pages and artist date won’t be a problem. I also don’t want to wait until the end of the 12 weeks to get productive. I will be patient with successful results, but I’ve been at the gate long enough. I’m prepared, knowledgeable, and ready to submit picture book manuscripts and article queries. Let’s do this!

BONUS: The reason this course speaks to me is because I’ve already been going on artist dates before I knew what they were. I already made several attempts at daily journal entries, stream of consciousness writing, and dream logs. I feel that if I just do the bare minimum that I’ll be back where I started. So in order to “up my game,” I’ve added a task called “Night Pages.” I went out and bought a snazzy sketch book I titled “Midnight Yawn: Night Pages.” Everyday, before midnight, I must begin to recollect my thoughts of the day, do some doodling, voice concerns, write some jokes, and all together do a one page version of the morning pages. I haven’t been as dedicated to the night pages as I was to the morning version, but I see progress and feel that overall it will aid in my rediscovery.

2 Responses to “Artist’s Way: Week 1 Check-In”

  1. Julie April 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Sounds like you are off to a great start, and I am re-inspired! I want to go back through the book and choose some tasks/exercises I didn’t do during round one and work on them.

    Also, I love this quote: Though, one must understand that its not the words you write which is the ingredients of that success, it’s the writing endurance you build, the devotion, and confidence that comes from routine writing.

    • cravevsworld April 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Thank you Julie! To be honest, I am so blessed to subscribe to your inspirational blog! If it wasn’t for you, I never would have discovered the Artist’s Way.

      Now if I can only use this newfound motivation to catch up with 12x12in12!

      I remember reading the shock you endured when you entered a reading-list Week 4, and I have to say I’m going through the same thing right now.


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