A few days ago, I bought a book called, “The Artist’s Way”. For those who don’t know, much like I didn’t. It is a book about recovering creativity. It has a 12 week exercise program to help any artist, whether it be a painter, writer, musician sculptor or whatever. I am only a few days into it and in the first week of exercises. As this is part of my journey, I thought I would start a series about this and keep you posted. Many of you have been following my journey since or near the beginning and I thought it might be beneficial to me and fun for you.
I have been in a bit of a rut for for the past couple of months. I was at the Savannah Jazz Festival last week and it got me all fired up. Some parts of the festival more than others. I was having a conversation with Alex about how I was fired up and how to do something about it. She reminded me of a book a friend of ours talked about a couple of years ago, called The Artist’s Way. I had forgotten all about it. I told her was going to buy it, and I did. Once again, I thought it was just a regular book, not a book with all these exercises and thought processes. I had no idea what I was in for and it has only been 3 days!
So far, I have written 9 pages (3 a day when I wake up) of streaming writing. Just whatever comes to mind. It is not as easy as one would think. I can be in the middle of something and my pen stops. I tell my self “write anything” then the next few sentences really have nothing to do with anything. It is kinda weird, but I am following the assignments exactly as the author says to. I have created a “Monster Hall of Fame” as well as a “Champion Hall of Fame” These consist of people who have either discouraged my creativity in my life or encouraged me. Some of things things a person doesn’t think about because it was so long ago. Some of these things we want to forget and/or have forgot until we are challenged by them. Each list will get bigger I am sure as I go along. It starts from the younger days. In my life, people haven’t always been so encouraging- probably like most people. It has already been a roller coaster ride of emotions.
One exercise I tried to do today, involved writing down careers I would do if I wasn’t doing this. I wrote down 5 as instructed. Only one wasn’t in some way involved in the arts. Again, I went to when I was just a little boy and wrote police officer/detective. I had to pick 1 of the 5 and do something about it this week. (I think part of this is to get you to think outside of the box.) I went down to the Police Station to see if I could do a “ride-a-long” and set it up for Monday or Tuesday. Well, it isn’t that simple. One needs a police officer to sponsor them, then there is paperwork, and who knows what else. It is quite obvious, that isn’t going to happen soon. So I am going with my second choice, photographer. I will take a series of photos around Savannah and see how I do with that. I am not letting go of the “ride-a-long” I just might do that just because…..someday. I think that will be fun!
As always, thank you for reading about my journey!