Twelve weeks ago, I started to read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. The idea of being in creative recovery really appealed to me. I am an artist in recovery. I am recovering not from drugs or alcohol, but from feeling less than. I’m slowly unshackling myself from feeling that I am no good at this art stuff, that my writing is terrible and just who do I think I am?
Admit it, you’ve sometimes felt this way.
According to Ms. Cameron, the ‘cure’ for this is to write three pages every morning. Three pages (which is about 750 words more or less) every morning about anything, everything and nothing at all. She calls these the morning pages, but sometimes I’ve written them in the afternoon or evening. What time of day you write isn’t as important as just getting them done. I write them while I’m waking up with my morning cup of coffee.
In my morning pages, I’ve been able to explore future blog posts, possible solutions to situations and the things that I need to do, want to do and would love to avoid. My pages have been filled with profound insights and the most mundane thoughts possible. And that’s part of recovery.
Anything and everything is good work. It’s less about writing the great American novel in these pages but more about getting into the habit of clearing out mental cobwebs. The result of all this mental housekeeping has been getting more in touch with what I’m really feeling right now, more creative flow and energy and more great ideas than I know what to do with.
While the book takes you through twelve weeks of nurturing your inner artist (s/he’s in there! I swear!), I think I’m going to keep up the habit of writing out my morning pages for another 90 days.
What have you done to nurture your inner artist? Take yourself out on a date and have fun!