Part 4 of your Month of Creativity Diet – Write a Journal
Write about your creative project every day. As much or as little as you want. At bare minimum write the date and one word to describe how you’re feeling about putting yourself on this creativity diet ie Good! Bad! Indifferent.! Better yet, give yourself a few sentences to describe the process of preparing, how it feels to know you’re committing to this project, what you’re thinking, what you’ve already put together in preparation.
Maybe you’ll be happy with a few words in a log book like a ship’s Captain from the olden days. Or you may find that writing is fun and you want to go on and on about everything that flows into your head, in the vein of Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages. I’ve done both, I prefer to keep a Captain’s log and I know many people who have benefited from the process of writing morning pages.
Going on a Creativity Diet takes courage and determination.
Right here and right now. Cameron was on to something with her morning pages, but I also think they can be a bit of a distraction. Rather than just getting on with the practice of showing up and doing the work, the Morning Pages can keep us skimming the surface, missing the point and circling around and back up and away from our creative project. In as much as creativity requires the freedom we experience in youthful play, when it comes down to it, in order to do our creative work, we really need to be grown-up. We need to take our little child inspired by the hand and tell her in no uncertain terms, “Now we’re getting to work.”
So do Morning Pages if you like, or don’t. In either case – keep a Daily Journal.
Writing in your journal is an important and will come in as a resource or inspiration while you’re on your creativity diet. You’ll begin to notice what’s changing and what’s staying the same.
If you’re thinking of writing a song, consider doing it in paradise. Join me in the South of France October 19-21, 2018 for my Yoga and Songwriting Weekend.