‘A creative life involves great swathes of attention.’ – The Artist’s Way, Week 2 #artistsway

I’m on Week 2 of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way–this is the week focused on Recovering A Sense of Identity.

This is the most important part of the week’s readings for me:

‘One of the great misconceptions about the artistic life is that it entails greath swathes of aimlessness. The truth is that a creative life involves great swathes of attention. Attention is a way to connect and survive.”

I am currently feeling mired in great swathes of aimlessness. Focus and attention are hard.

Still. small steps.

My big task for last week was to take myself on an Artist’s Date. I don’t think I actually managed that. I keep on looking at the things that I did last week… and I don’t think I filled the well. How do you fill the well during a lockdown… when you fucking can’t stand looking at your computer any more?

So. This week… we will try again. Very very modestly. Stores are open, so I will go to a stationery store and look at notebooks and pens. And perhaps I will draw a little. Maybe my artist’s date can be just that small: looking at pens and notebooks. Or, looking at scarves and blankets at Value Village.

Can a bath be an artist’s date? But is that not another great swathe of aimlessness?





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Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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