So, I just finished up my first week of the Artist’s Way process. You might remember I spoke about this book a couple weeks ago on here. In short, the book is basically a 12-week course that is supposed to help you maximize your full creative potential. This is achieved through writing everyday (even if you’re not a “writer”), doing various assignments and going on artist dates with yourself once a week. I’m not going to talk about every single thing in the book, but every Monday, I’ll give you a run-down of my thoughts of the process. A number of my creative friends have read this book, so I figured I’d give it the ol’ college try.
Week One was pretty cool. I did have kind of a hard time with the Morning Pages at first. The Morning Pages are daily three-page writings that you do as soon as you wake up in the morning. It’s supposed to be like a free write, but as a writer, I found myself trying to think of topics to write about, which defeats the purpose of the exercise. After a couple days, I got over that though. The artist date was awesome! I’ve been interested in making jewelry. I even had my husband get me a bead making kit for our 2nd wedding anniversary. So for the artist date, I went to a bead store to pick out stuff. Let me back up for a minute. The artist date is time that you set aside BY YOURSELF every week to go to something artsy/creative like a museum exhibition, a poetry slam or something like that.
Anywho, I bought stuff at some bead stores and I made a bracelet! That’s it in the pic. It’s the first piece of jewelry I’ve ever made. It’s made of wood and turquoise with a sterling silver clasp. I like it! I’m gonna make more stuff this week. Would I have made the bracelet without the artist date? I don’t know, maybe. It’s quite possible that I would have procrastinated though, so I will say that the Artist’s Way process did produce a concrete benefit for me.
I’ll holla at you next Monday about Week Two!