This is my first weekly wrap-up post where I’ll be detailing how my experience with The Artist’s Way is going. Here is my intro post about what The Artist’s Way is in case you missed it!
week 1 thoughts
Week 1 of The Artist’s Way was all about getting myself in touch with my creativity again and exploring my creative history. Most of the tasks were focused on examining my critics, both inner and outer, which was really helpful. I didn’t have many outer critics of my creativity to talk about, but I had plenty to talk about in terms of my own critiques of my creative works that were caused by my own inner critiques.
I had two favorite activities this week. The first was writing a list of five “other lives” that I wanted to lead. I then picked one of them to live as for the whole week. The “other life” I picked that I would like to live was being a poet. How did I live as a poet? I mainly read lots of poetry books for inspiration, and even managed to write some new poems without being super judgey of myself, which seems like a major feat. I’d really like to continue doing this exercise and practice living as various things that I want to live as in the coming weeks of the course. A couple of the other “other lives” I wrote down were novelist and cosmic witch, so I think I want to try those next.
I also wrote a “letter to the editor” in defense of myself and my creative work. This was a really helpful exercise because it allowed me to face my own critiques of myself and critiques I’ve been afraid people would say about my work in a productive way. It was very affirming to write about how I actually feel about my own writing, and to defend it to critics, both real and imagined. I reaffirmed why I want to write and why I write the way that I do, and somewhat convinced myself that my writing is valid.
I also did affirmations pages most mornings where I picked an affirmation about my creativity and wrote it ten times. I also wrote affirmations based on critiques of my writing that I have felt on the inside a lot that have stopped me from writing and turned them into positives to take with me. This exercise was also extremely helpful even though I have never believed in doing affirmations before and helped me turn my negative self-talk that has been blocking my creativity into something productive and motivating.
Each chapter in The Artist’s Way has a weekly check-in section at the end of the tasks list. Here are the questions for this week’s check in.
1. How many days this week did you do your morning pages?
All seven 🙂
2. Did you do your artist’s date this week? How did it make you feel?
In addition to the Morning Pages, which are three pages of longhand writing, the other crucial component to weekly Artist’s Way tasks is the Artist’s Date, which is basically setting aside a block of time to spend with yourself. This week, I watched Wreck it Ralph and read HOPE AND OTHER PUNCHLINES. It was extremely relaxing, and good to know that I am capable of enjoying time alone with myself, which I have not been able to do for a while because of my extreme lack of self-esteem.
3. Were there any significant developments to your creative recovery this week? Describe them.
I basically did that above. But I feel like I managed to reaffirm to myself that my creative pursuits are worthy and valid and worth pursuing, and my art is just as valid as anyone else’s. I felt like I was able to reignite some respect for my creative passions and pursuits, and began to chip away at the blocks that I have put inside myself that inhibit my creativity.