Morning Pages ~ Artists Date

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January 2017

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I am a huge fan of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” and her tools for a creative life.

After a long abstinence from Morning pages I have come back to them in December when I felt the warning signs of bad mental health coming on.

One I haven’t yet fully reactivated is “The Artist’s Date”. We are supposed to do something we always wanted to do in a way we can afford. Well, I have to admit that I never really wanted to be an architect or an explorer but I love to do both on PS4’s Minecraft.

So maybe I have to give myself a Minecraft session every week as my artists date :-).

Sometime in 2014

Ok then on with the course.

Besides the basic principles that lead through the book there are two tools that Julia Cameron advices us to do.

I have been writing about the morning pages already but here a short reminder: She advices to write 3 A-4 pages every morning in longhand where you can leave all your worries, sort out your tasks for the day and think up your new projects. It is a kind of brain storming where you can leave everything on the page that might distract you from your art.

I have not been doing them properly since I stopped the course in August and it does have an effect. It makes me kind of distracted and I lose focus on my writing. I think it is really good to do it every day.

The second tool is the so-called “Artist’s Date“. A date a week with yourself and your inner artist child where you do something you really really love. Again it does not need to be something expensive. For me, it used to be “go to a pilgrims place close by and meditate in the church or go for a walk and take pictures”. For both, I only needed the petrol to get there.

Right now without my camera (it stopped working a few weeks ago) , I feel a bit lost and I am not courageous enough yet to use my husbands. So I’ve decided to change it into watching a film. Either get it from the library or use any of the player programs on telly.

Let’s see if I can get myself to do it next week!

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January 2017

Interesting how I perceived “The Artists Date” then. How things change :-)!

Starting Creatively ~ 26Dec16

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I liked last week’s video prompt very much so I’ve decided to choose another one for this week :-)!

video credit: Juan G Pagan via YouTube

I have posted a few poetry prompts over the years and I want to post some more prompts.

However, I know that there are so many poetry prompts out there that one certainly doesn’t need mine on top of that. However, I believe that we often hit a wall with blogging because we do not have another idea what to blog about. Or we hit a wall with any of our creative endeavours because the ideas run out. Therefore I am going to start another one. It might not be totally regular. And it might be a little “open minded” or a little “Stream of Consciousness” as you can see above🙂. But it will be fun and thought-provoking and creative🙂

My new “Starting Creatively” prompt isn’t restricted to one art. I give you the prompt and you choose how you want to put it into practice: Take a photo, write a poem, write a blog post or essay, draw a picture, create a dance routine, make music with it. You choose!

It is mainly meant for those times when your ideas run out and you need a little push. For this week I choose the first prompt I’ve ever created with a little editing of course :-).

Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Starting Creatively ~ 19Dec16

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This week’s prompt is a video and with no further ado I introduce you to it:

I have posted a few poetry prompts over the years and I want to post some more prompts.

However, I know that there are so many poetry prompts out there that one certainly doesn’t need mine on top of that. However, I believe that we often hit a wall with blogging because we do not have another idea what to blog about. Or we hit a wall with any of our creative endeavours because the ideas run out. Therefore I am going to start another one. It might not be totally regular. And it might be a little “open minded” or a little “Stream of Consciousness” as you can see above :-). But it will be fun and thought-provoking and creative🙂

My new “Starting Creatively” prompt isn’t restricted to one art. I give you the prompt and you choose how you want to put it into practice: Take a photo, write a poem, write a blog post or essay, draw a picture, create a dance routine, make music with it. You choose!

It is mainly meant for those times when your ideas run out and you need a little push. For this week I choose the first prompt I’ve ever created with a little editing of course :-).

Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Creatively Starting ~ 12Dec16

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August 2012

I love those boots adverts with the girls and that song “Here come the girls“. Not that I am too much into makeup etc, in fact, I do not use it at all but somehow that song reminds me of my inner child. That is why this week’s writing prompt is to honour our inner children. So please ladies and gentlemen write, verse, dance, sing, paint, photograph and/or get creative in any way you see fit about

A Secret present for my inner child!

And sorry boys that there is no “Here come the boys…” song 🙂


Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Starting Creatively ~ Food ~ 28Nov16

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food porn (Photo credit: lamentables)

I have posted a few poetry prompts over the years and I want to post some more prompts.

However, I know that there are so many poetry prompts out there that one certainly doesn’t need mine on top of that. However, I believe that we often hit a wall with blogging because we do not have another idea what to blog about. Or we hit a wall with any of our creative endeavours because the ideas run out. Therefore I am going to start another one. It might not be totally regular. And it might be a little “open minded” or a little “Stream of Consciousness”. But it will be fun and thought-provoking and creative🙂

My new “Starting Creatively” prompt isn’t restricted to one art. I give you the prompt and you choose how you want to put it into practice: Take a photo, write a poem, write a blog post or essay, draw a picture, create a dance routine, make music with it. You choose!

It is mainly meant for those times when your ideas run out and you need a little push. For this week I choose the first prompt I’ve ever created with a little editing of course :-).

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Well, this prompt might not be very creative but alas I love food and right now I can not indulge as I have trouble with my stomach.

Therefore I channel my frustration and write some poems :-).

So please join me in my venture for this week’s “Starting Creatively” prompt

“FOOD”

Write, verse, dance, paint, sing, get creative in any way you feel like and

have fun!

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Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Creatively Starting ~ 21Nov16

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September 2016

This Creatively Starting post hopefully makes you smile 🙂

August 2012

We have been to Germany on our holiday and visited a place called Noerdlingen. It is in the south of the country still pretty much medieval in architecture with the wall around still standing and somehow they have been taken to pigs. All over the place you can find little statues like this:

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They reminded me of the German saying “So eine Sauerei” which means “Such a mess”. But the word for “mess” in German has to do with the German word for “pig” which is “Sau”. So literally translated it would be this week’s Creatively Starting prompt:

“Such a piggery”!

I admit a bit far-fetched but maybe it inspires you anyway :-)!

Write, verse, paint, dance, photography and/or get creative in any way you see fit.

Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

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Bee Social:

 

Creatively Starting ~ A Poem

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On Monday I gave you this picture as a creative prompt for whatever you want to create. I haven’t been doing many poems lately so I take it for a poetry prompt.

The End

ghostly lights

guide me to my

to my what?

~

Passing?

Dying?

Vanishing?

~

No light

at the end

of the tunnel

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Just hope

and creation!

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Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

 

 

 

Starting Creatively ~ 7Nov16 ~ Let's go to the beach

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September 2016

I love to go to the beach in autumn or winter. I love the waves and the wind and the feeling of freedom it gives me when there is hardly anybody around. A very inspiring place to be :-). However, the post was originally written in summer and I know that there are some readers where summer is soon with them 🙂

July 2012

Not everywhere but here in Norfolk UK summer has arrived at last and the nation moves to the beach. That is why this week’s Creatively Starting Prompt is:

Let’s go to the beach…..!

Write, verse, dance, sing, paint, get creative in any way you feel fit.

Have fun!

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Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

Bee Social:

Creatively Starting ~ What's in a name

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September 2016

I didn’t realise I started writing prompts so early in my blogging “career”. As early as 2012 I tried out to establish a poetry prompt. A few more happened over the years which were not very successful. Now I know that there are so many poetry prompts out there that one certainly doesn’t need mine on top of that. However, I believe that we often hit a wall with blogging because we do not have another idea what to blog about. Or we hit a wall with any of our creative endeavours because the ideas run out. Therefore I am going to start another one. It might not be totally regular. And it might be a little “open minded” or a little “Stream of Consciousness”. But it will be fun and thought-provoking and creative 🙂

My new “Starting Creatively” prompt isn’t restricted to one art. I give you the prompt and you choose how you want to put it into practice: Take a photo, write a poem, write a blog post or essay, draw a picture, create a dance routine, make music with it. You choose!

It is mainly meant for those times when your ideas run out and you need a little push. For this week I choose the first prompt I’ve ever created with a little editing of course :-).

Starting Creatively ~ prompt for Mo 10Oct10

What’s in a name!

Use it whenever you run out of ideas be it for a blog post, poem, photo, drawing, dance, song….. And feel free to share it with me/us in a comment here or a pingback.

Am looking forward to seeing your ideas :-).
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Creatively Starting taking part suggestions

  • read this week’s prompt
  • remember it when you run out of ideas
  • use it in any way you like (song, photo, story, dance, drawing….)
  • put a pingback to this post so I can share it with as many followers as possible
  • Have fun

Now go, create and have lots of fun!

 

Bee Social:

 

A #SeededBuzz: How do you keep your creativity “healthy”?/Wie haeltst Du Deine Kreativitaet “gesund”? (#amwriting #blogging)

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When I was reading Julia Cameron‘s “The artist’s way” a few years ago I was quite intrigued by the idea that you need to nurture your creativity as much as you need to nurture your body and soul.

I can not remember everything she wrote about this topic but what stayed with me is that creativity blooms the best if we do not put any pressures on ourselves. Like when we were kids we just drew, sang, danced, painted… without thinking about it. We  just had fun.

Julia Cameron says that this is the secret to successful creativity: Just have fun doing what you do. One of her exercises is to give yourself a day a week or if not possible just a few hours per week off where you do things just for fun. You could go to the park which you love; or read a book you wanted to read for ages; or just dance to a song you like. Whatever is fun for you and makes your creativity flow again.

I think doing this would just inspire us again as it opens our channels for the muses to talk to us ~ which for me is keeping my creativity healthy.

Now I have not done this exercise for a long time but I have become more aware lately what inspires me:

~ listening to music

~ reading especially poems

~ other blogs

~ photography

~ taking a walk at the beach

Have you ever thought about what keeps your creativity going? Do you give yourself special “days off” where you do things just for fun to get creative again? Or do you have other ways of keeping the creative juices flowing?

I would like to know about it 🙂 and I invite you to take part in the SeededBuzz buzzing or just write a blog post about it and then post the link to it here in the comment box. Or if you do not have a blog ~ just let me know via a comment.

Thanks very much!

(einige Links in diesem Beitrag sind in englischer Sprache)

Als ich vor ein paar Jahren Julia Cameron‘s “Der Weg des Kuenstlers” gelesen habe, war ich sehr angetan von der Idee, dass man seine eigene Kreativitaet genauso naehren’ muss wie seinen Koerper und seine Seele.

Ich kann mich nicht mehr an alles erinnern, was sie geschrieben hat aber was mir im Gedaechtnis geblieben ist, ist die Aussage, dass Kreativitaet am besten blueht, wenn man sich keinem Drueck ausgesetzt fuehlt. So wie wir als Kinder einfach gemalt, gesungen, getanzt, gezeichnet…. haben ohne darueber nachzudenken. Wir hatten einfach Spass.

Julia Cameron sagt, dass das des Geheimnis erfolgreicher Kreativitaet ist: einfach Spass haben. Eine ihrer Uebungen ist es sich einen Tag in der Woche (oder auch nur ein paar Stunden, wenn es anders nicht geht) zu geben, an dem man einfach mal was nur so zum Spass macht. Man koennte in seinen Lieblingspark gehen, oder einfach das Buch lesen, das man so lange lesen wollte oder einfach nur zu dem Lied, das man so mag tanzen. Was auch immer Dir Spass macht, regt Deine Kreativitaet an.

Ich glaube, das einfach zu tun, oeffnet die Kanaele, durch die unsere Musen zu uns reden koennen ~ was fuer mich “meine Kreativitaet gesund erhalten” ist.

Ich habe diese Uebung schon lange nicht mehr gemacht aber ich bin mir in letzter Zeit immer mehr darueber bewusst geworden, was mich inspiriert:

~ Musik hoeren

~ Lesen speziell Gedichte

~ Blogs von anderen

~ Fotografieren

~ am Strand spazieren gehen

Hast Du jemals darueber nachgedacht, was Deine Kreativitaet am Leben erhaelt? Gibst Du Dir einen “freien” Tag, um einfach, das zu tun, was Du willst, um wieder kreativ zu werden? Oder hast Du ganz andere Wege, Deine Kreativitaet wieder fliessen zu lassen?

Ich wuerde gerne davon hoeren 🙂 und lade Dich hiermit ein, entweder bei  SeedeBuzz mit zu “buzzen” oder einfach nur einen Blog Eintrag darueber zu schreiben und dann einen Link dazu, hier in den Kommentaren zu hinterlassen. Oder wenn Du keinen Blog hast, lass es mich einfach ueber die Kommentare wissen.

Vielen herzlichen Dank!