I’ve heard from a few folks who recently gifted themselves with the tools and time for creative practice! I think this is awesome! Some are beginning to write daily. Some are doodling their hearts out. I love my creative tribe!
My creative practice of choice these days is writing. Some days I feel I could write for eight solid hours, but the longest I’ve written in a single stretch was three hours. That three hour stint was a vulnerable piece on shame I posted earlier this week. I did a lot of typing, rearranging, and deleting to get those words out.
When I first began writing, I wrote for only fifteen minutes, five times a week. There were days I wanted to write more, but I didn’t allow myself unstructured, unlimited time for writing. I felt it was important to do just enough writing to establish a maintainable habit. I was afraid of tapping myself out if I left it unchecked. This is one reason I like the ritual of coffee and writing. A mug of brew will not stay warm for more than fifteen minutes. I slurped and I *scritched, and when the coffee was gone, I put down my pen. These days I continue writing after the cup is dry. I feel a little more relaxed about writing, and trust I won’t burn out, or run out of words.
I tend to swing like a pendulum, making drastic changes in my life that I sometimes can’t keep up with. I care so much about writing that I want to grow the practice slowly, to ensure success. Slow and steady practice seems to be building a nice creative foundation for me, and I’m excited to see what sort of writer I’ll be in the upcoming months and years.
*scritched isn’t a word. I know this because my laptop is underlining it in red. I use “scritch” often, because it’s something my Grandma used to say. I imagine it as the lines a chicken makes in dirt, and I use it to describe the sound and feel of my pink pen on paper.
*January is half over, but the prompts are still available! Respond as inspired! Write, draw, take photos! Share, or don’t! It’s just about creative practice! http://writealm.com/january-prompt-a-day/