Walk….

Welcome to day 4.

The only thing I want you to do today is to go for a walk.

Take a camera, take your phone. It doesn’t matter which, just so long as you have something that you can take a picture with.

I want you to pay attention to the things around you. What catches your eye? What insists you pay attention to it? Take a picture of it. If there’s more than one, take a picture of them.

In The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write, Julia Cameron talks about going on walks often. She says a creative’s work is called a body of work for a reason. She encourages us to get out and walk.

So I would like for you to do that today.

Getting My Start in Creativity

dscn3878.jpgI cant tell you exactly how and when I got my start in creativity. Well… That’s not necessarily true. I started when I was a kid, thanks to my mother’s encouragement. What I’m really referring to is when I started studying creativity.

At some point, I discovered The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Though I still haven’t worked all the way through it, it was still valuable. Thanks to TAW, I learned the value of always having a notebook with me. I have done Morning Pages off and on through the years. I’m not good at the rigidity of it MUST be in the morning.

Another influence is Eric Maisel. He was the keynote speaker at a conference several years ago. I found out about the concept of creativity coaching from him. Since then, I have read several of his books.

I do not necessarily agree with everything Julia Cameron and Eric Maisel say and theorize, but I agree with enough to consider them some pretty major influences on my own creativity studies. There are others that I will talk about in future posts, but these are key to me.

Lessons in Blogging

All day, I’ve been thinking about what I want to talk about for the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. This is what I’ve come up with.

I know I talked a lot — maybe even exclusively — about creativity. That’s something I’ve been interested in for a long time. Even since before I heard about The Artist’s Way fifteen or so years ago. It’s basically part of who I am. That interest.

What I’ve Learned

This month, I have learned what posts work better for me. Posts that are a combination of photo and text are good. Posts with videos are good. Posts that are audio only are not. In fact, the day where I embedded my podcast and didn’t include a photo had the lowest views all month. I posted mostly in the evenings, so I really can’t say if I’ve figured out what time of day is best.

I will say that although I did manage to post every day, it is not something I am going to keep up. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to use May to focus on 2-3 posts a week and see how consistency and views go. After that, I’ll evaluate again. I think this monthly evaluation is a good thing and something I’m going to stick with.

Coming Up

Speaking of May and the blog, here are some of the types and topics of posts you’ll see:

  • More about creativity. I kind of can’t help it. When I’m in the middle of something, I talk about creativity more than I do when I’m not.
  • Writing in general. After I posted the question my friend asked, I’ve gotten a few more questions from other people. I’ve answered them in the manner in which I received them, but I am going to expand on some of the answers here.
  • The submission process for novels. I’ve self-published most of my body of work. I decided to shop the novel I just finished around to different publishers and agents. There is actually already news on that front, but I’ll tell about it in its own post.
  • Yarn stuff – knitting, crochet, whatever.
  • Photos. I have a couple ideas I’m thinking of with this. I’ll see how they progress and post as they mature.
  • Videos.
  • Podcasts. I’ve learned from this, though. When I post a podcast link, I’ll include something else so there’s something to hold interest.

Updates

There is also an update. Remember the post, A Tale of Two Shawls? Both of those are finished. I need to take pictures of them both before I do an official update about them.

If you remember the announcement about Journal Your Way to Creativity at the first of the month, there has been a review posted for it. Mindy Phillips Lawrence posted her review on Amazon and also submitted it to New Book Review, where you can see it now.

Thank you.

There have been a lot of new visitors to my blog as a direct result of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Thank you for that.

In the comments, some other members of the challenge contributed frequently. I would like to thank Jeanine Byers of HyggeFamilyMoments.com and Martha DeMeo of The Martha Review for their frequent comments. There have been others who commented, too, including my friend and neighbor Richard Barron. I sincerely appreciate every comment. Whenever I participate in a challenge, it is always a fear that no one will comment. It is always a relief to see that fear is ungrounded.

Thank you, too, to Paul Taubman for hosting the challenge and putting in the work behind the scenes that goes into the daily emails and group postings to keep us all on track.

This is the last post for April. I’ll see you in May.

In the meantime, happy creating!

What You Need to Know: The Artist’s Way

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I don’t know about you, but this year is zooming by. Tomorrow is August.

August.

That’s not exactly breaking news, but here’s something that is.

I am hosting an Artist’s Way Circle in my Facebook group, Keeping It Creative, Kinda… (KICK). It starts tomorrow. August 1.

Later today, I will be posting a short video about The Artist’s Way. I will tell you about the key concepts of it, the importance of Morning Pages and Artist Dates, the contract with yourself, and doing the assignments.

If you are interested in following along with us and doing The Artist’s Way for yourself, I’d be glad to have you. Feel free to join the group. We will be doing more creative challenges as well. It’s not just an Artist’s Way group. It’s a creativity group where, I hope, you will learn how to tap into and recognize your creativity.