the artist’s way: intro and goals

Posted May 8, 2019 by cottoncandybookwitch in the artist's way / 6 Comments

As I mentioned in Sunday’s bi-weekly update, I have decided to take on The Artist’s Way. The Artist’s Way is a book by Julia Cameron, who teaches courses on creativity and opening yourself up to your creative potential.

Anyway.

Here are some of the things I hope to accomplish by doing The Artist’s Way:

  • Get my intrinsic motivation to be creative back. I feel like when I was younger and up until I graduated college, I had a lot of strong self-motivation to do creative things. Even though I was told to do some things since I was a music major, I didn’t feel I needed that to convince myself to be creative. I feel like my depression has made me lose a lot of that intrinsic motivation to do things I like and that stimulate me creatively, so I hope The Artist’s Way opens up that part of me again.
  • Figure out why I feel so blocked. I often get sudden bursts of inspiration to try creative things, but then self-censor about a week after they occur to me and tell myself I shouldn’t do it. I never used to have this problem and I don’t know where it came from. I’ve been trying in vain to get back into writing for over a year, but can’t get over the huge creative block in my head even though I have a ton of ideas. I feel like I’ve backed myself into a corner with self-censorship, and I want to undo that and figure out where the heck it came from in the first place.
  • Use creativity to express my emotions. I used to be way better at doing this and did a lot of creative writing that helped me get my feelings out and work on my issues but also make something cool out of them, but I’ve obviously stopped doing that. I’ve realized recently that I think I have a lot of bottled up emotions and need to figure out some way to get them out so I can be a happier or at least more content person.
  • Get back into writing. My main motivation for doing The Artist’s Way course is to get myself to write more. I think writing creatively would really help me work through my mental health stuff since it has in the past, plus, I really enjoy doing it when I do convince myself it’s okay. I also have SO MANY ideas that I want to put to paper, but I need some convincing and motivation to get myself to start actually doing that.
  • Get back into music. Most of you probably don’t know this, but I was actually a classical flute major in college. Since I graduated, I haven’t taken private lessons and have basically stopped playing, which I thought I was okay with because honestly I think I did need a break from playing so intensely during college, but now I feel like there’s this huge part of me that’s missing. I want to find a way to make music fun again and not feel like a chore but also maintain my high skill level that I’ve developed over the years.
  • Find some way to share my creative pursuits. For music, and my songwriting aspirations in particular, I have considered a youtube or soundcloud account. But I don’t know if I’m that good because I haven’t tried, and that feels like a lot of pressure. For writing, I love the idea of starting a poetry instagram, because I follow a lot that I like, and I find them so cool and inspiring. I know I’d have to go into it actively trying to care less about a follower count because that would make it feel like work, but maybe with this course I could do that.

 

I am very nervous about doing The Artist’s Way and have some skepticism about it because some of it is hokey and also subscribes to a belief system that I do not personally have, but I am very hopeful that doing the course will open up the possibility of doing the above things. I plan to write about my journey and possibly do weekly update posts on the blog to help hold myself accountable since I’m not actually being graded or anything else, and honestly because I’ll probably need some encouragement to do it at times.

Today marks day three first week of this exciting twelve-week journey, so wish me luck, and let’s hope I can stick to it and accomplish my goals!

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6 responses to “the artist’s way: intro and goals

  1. Oh I so hope you’re able to stick with The Artist’s Way! From what you’ve described in your goals, I really think it has the potential to really help with what you want to accomplish. Especially when it comes to self-censorship as a block…

    I think it’s so neat that you were a flute major in college! I played clarinet all through high school, but I gave it up before college when I realized I just wasn’t “that good”…but that’s about when I started really focusing on becoming a better writer, so I guess it sort of worked out? I definitely think I’m too limiting in terms of what I think my creativity can look like. I don’t let myself do things I’ve deemed I’m not good at, like write poetry, or singing, or drawing.

    I can’t wait to hear how things are going for you! <3

    • cottoncandybookwitch

      thank you so much! I’m glad to hear from someone who’s done it that it seems like it’ll help me accomplish my goals 🙂

  2. Good luck! I am looking forward to hearing updates from you. How are the morning pages going? I have done the Artist’s Way several times.

    • cottoncandybookwitch

      ooh, cool! I’d be curious to hear any tips you have about it 🙂 morning pages are going pretty well so far. I’m also doing daily affirmations, which seems to be really helping.

  3. I recently bought the book, but haven’t started the daily commitment. Got to many loose ends to tie up, but I really want to get started soon. Hope it works out for you.

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