Adventures in Creativity

“We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.” Henry Miller, Sextus.

I have been feeling restless lately, stagnant in my routine, and wondering what next steps to take on this creative path. And so, I have decided to return to a tool, a process, that helped to get me here in the first place.

Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, though published more than twenty years ago, is still a powerful tool for discovering and recovering the creativity that “is already there.”91LlW46QU-L

My first time through the book, with a group of fellow travelers, gave me the courage to draft my first novel, create a weekly writer’s group (which is still going strong after three years), and publish a piece of memoir in an anthology. (See Slants of Light). There have been other creative adventures along the way, but the most satisfying is meeting other writers and nurturing their creative dreams.

 

With that in mind, I am returning to The Artist’s Way and have gathered a team–a cluster–to embark on this path with me. I know these restless feelings are leading me somewhere, and together we will recover, discover, and release those creative impulses, bursting through the blocks that hold us back.

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Bursting through the walls

And since blogging is one of the blocks I can’t seem to break through, I am making a commitment: I will blog my way through this process. Look for a weekly post chronicling my progress and that of our cluster. I hope these posts will encourage you on your own creative path.

How about you? Do you feel stuck, restless, stagnant? What methods or processes do you use to propel yourself forward?

7 thoughts on “Adventures in Creativity

  1. Hi, Patty. Yes! So happy to read your post. I too have been experiencing “stagnation.” I started The Artist’s Way on Wednesday. I have completed my three pages every day. I also completed one of the initial assignments to write a letter to myself and mail it. The letter came to me yesterday and it was such a fabulous feeling of release when I read it. I’m looking forward to continuing the process. I have had a very busy summer but do look forward to seeing you and everyone at the writers groups soon. x’s and o’s

    • Hi Terri! I’m so excited you’re working through The Artist’s Way! Keep me posted on your progress, and I hope to see you soon. xoxo.

  2. It just hit me while reading your blog that I have a great deal more critic in me than I formerly thought. I do tell myself that I am not a writer and cannot write anything others would care to read. So goal #1 – move beyond that negative talk! Your blog has inspired me!

    • That’s great, Candy! It’s an important first step to recognize and confront that negative self-talk. Turn that into an affirmation. I know that’s the hard part for me, so we’ll work on it together.

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