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Artist’s Way: Week 2 Check-In

2 Apr

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

I’m proud to report that I successfully penned all three of the morning pages each and everyday. I started out in week one at over 30 minutes a day, but I’ve been able to breeze through the morning pages more quickly. I feel that I’m voicing less complaints. I wasn’t really surprised by anything other than how I still tend to drift off half-way through and that the first page seems to take the longest. But once I get started, CHOO CHOO! The train just keeps on rolling baby!

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

I didn’t execute my artist date until Saturday, but it was certainly more effective than last week’s trip to see The Lorax. This week I chose to “return to innocence,” and visited Blockbuster, Toys’R’Us, Queen City Comics Bookstore, and Markheim Pet Store. Each of these four stores resonates with my past, and outside of Toys’R’Us, I haven’t been to any of them in over 5 years. Between all of those places, I spent countless time in there as a child, so it was interesting to waltz in as an adult. Sadly, each of the five places had underwent a massive overhaul. Blockbuster lost the blue and the VHS tapes, Toy’R’Us overhauled the entire store down to the placement of aisles and content, Queen City Comics looked clean and organized, and Markheim being in a new location lost the appeal I remember from my past. As a children’s book writer it’s important to remember how a child thinks and what they desire. Thereby visiting relics of my childhood, I was able to tap into my inner child. Job well done! I felt I would miss my childhood after this artist date, but instead I was actually holding strong in my adulthood, which for me was an unexpected positive outcome. The results haven’t been immediate, but the memories I was able to extract are pouring a foundation on which to place my creative desires on.

3.) Were there any other issues this week that you consider significant for your recovery? I started the tasks on Saturday as opposed to the last day like I did in Week 1. I haven’t seen my devotion to the process waning in anyway. If anything, I’m starting to believe in this course more than myself, but ultimately that won’t hurt me as this course is designed to help me. I should have devoted more time to the tasks, and I also didn’t integrate the tasks into my morning pages. I find it hard to stop the stream of consciousness and integrate elements from the book. I will probably always struggle with that, because once I have to turn off my switch and consider passages and elements from the book, I will lose that robotic writer mood. Though, I am starting to realize that I don’t have to be “in the mood” to create. Once I start, it’s hard to stop. For someone who needs to write more, this is a wonderful lesson to learn and integrate into their daily life.

BONUS: In regards to the Night Pages, I’m sad to report that I missed one of the days. I only came through with 6 out of a possible 7. While I didn’t do a lot of doodling, I was able to focus on the writing and fill most of the page with reflective and productive. I’m still satisfied with my decision to commit to the night pages. In regards to the tasks, I also fell short this week as I truly only competed about 4 of them. Looking ahead to week 3, I’m confident I will be able to understand and enjoy them more. I just need to start before Saturday.

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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.