Thoughts on creativity

5 03 2012

One of the creativity books I often reach for is ‘The Artist’s Way‘ by Julia Cameron.

A few of my favourite quotes from its pages:

  • To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong” Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Give yourself permission to be a beginner.
  • Stop looking for big blocks of time when you will be free. Find small bits of time instead
  • Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable” Brenda Ueland
  • Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” Anais Nin

A few of my favourite exercises from its pages (paraphrased):

  • imaginary lives: if you had 5 other lives to live, what would you do in each of them?
    pick one, and do a little something of that life this week
    (eg. if one was an astronomer, you could go to the observatory)
    then try 5 more … repeat at will
  • list 20 things you enjoy doing
    when was the last time you did them? do one this week
    then try more … repeat at will
  • list 10 tiny changes you’d like to make; significant or small
    “I would like to …..” ; pick a small one, or take a step towards a large one
    then try more … repeat at will
  • bake or cook
  • list 10 things to finish this sentence: “If I didn’t have to do it perfectly, I would try…”
    pick one … can you take a step towards it?
    then try more … repeat at will

I do recommend it, especially if you’re a little bit stuck in your practice or if the muse is evading you.


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