Add Creativity to Your Freelance Living with This Program
by Chris King
books and tapes suggest starting a journal. There are workshops offered
and methods outlined for journaling. Realizing the power of keeping a
journal, I started many. But, even though I believed in the power of journaling
- just like students and other free agents, independent professionals,
and freelancers I have talked with about journals - I would write in my
journal regularly for several weeks, then once or twice a week, then once
a month, until I put it aside for several years.
was until I discovered the program that changed my life. This
twelve week program in contained in the book, The
Artist's Way : A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia
Cameron and Mark Bryan. I have recommended it to everyone I know, and
those who have followed it, feel the same way I do. Let me tell you about
Besides purchasing the book, get the hardcover The Artist's Way Morning
Pages Journal. There are two tasks to perform throughout the program,
and I call them "tasks" because in the beginning, they are not
easy. The first is to fill three pages, longhand, in your journal every
morning. Not being a morning person, I found this to be a stretch in the
beginning. There is a reason, however, for doing this in the a.m. It sets
the whole tone for the day. And, once you have the habit, you will look
forward to the writing and will fill your first journal before you know
should I write about and how does this writing set the tone for the day?
First of all, this is different from journaling. You are not to worry
about good or creative writing. Just write whatever comes to mind - things
you feel good about, what you are planning to do, gripes and whining,
worries, joys, accomplishments. As Julia says, writing the first page
and a half is easy, writing the second page and a half get down to the
truth. By writing what you want to brag about, complain about, what you
do and don't like, you clear your mind and attitude for the rest of the
day, so that there is room for the creative ideas that we all have. You
will be amazed by the difference you will feel in your life and the effect
this will have on your career.
All right, then, what is the second task? Surprisingly, I found
this to be more difficult to keep up with. Julia suggests keeping an artist's
date with oneself every week. This is to be a one to two hour excursion
that you take alone to experience a place, an event, or something special
that you don't usually do. For example, visit a museum or a button store,
go to a movie alone, take a walk in the woods, on the beach or in the
city, visit an area you have never visited. This is a time to be by yourself
so that you can creatively tune into you and your surroundings.
with these two tasks, there are weekly assignments. Follow them. Each
week, you will have an assignment - some easy, some difficult, some that
make sense, and some that don't. As I continued on through the book, tackling
each new weekly assignment (and remember, completing the morning pages
daily and keeping an artist's date weekly), I felt my whole being taking
on a new attitude and new approach to every facet of my life.
hardest week I experienced was the one where we weren't to have any contact
with external media - no movies, TV, radio, audio tapes, newspapers,
books and/or other reading material. I didn't miss the movies, TV or newspapers,
but I could barely make it through the day without listening to tapes
and the radio, or reading. The reasoning behind what seemed like torture
is that without the extraneous distractions, we are forced to get in touch
with our inner selves and our own creativity. We often use these distractions
as crutches to avoid quiet time. I know that I wrote more that week than
I have ever written before or since. Other weeks were fun but always challenging.
Participants in this program react differently, but everyone
I know who has completed the twelve weeks has experienced un-measurable
growth and beneficial changes in their lives. I actually went through
the program twice, and, to this day, write my morning pages.
So, why don't you do yourself, your living and your freelance career a
favor and try it. Let me
know how you do and how it works for you!
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