Ahhh, the constant quest for creative enlightenment has turned up another gem in recent weeks. While searching through bookstores throughout Tasmania, I came across a book with the somewhat daggy title, 'Walking in this World', written by Julia Cameron (the author of well-known book, 'The Artist's Way').
On my return to Brisbane I tracked it down at the local library, and have started reading through the first couple of chapters. Its first revelation was a trifecta of creativity prompters:- a) morning writings, b) random walks, and c) artist play dates.
Walks and play dates are things I already do somewhat regularly anyway, but morning writings have proven to be most beneficial. The concept being that you write in a journal for 30 minutes every morning, just writing down whatever tumbles out of your head, kind of stream-of-consciousness style, with no particular structure or audience. In fact, you're not even supposed to read back over what you write until you've finished, and no editing or censoring, just tumbled-out thinking. So now I have added morning writings to my up-early morning schedule, and so far it has done wonders for clarifying my daily thinking. Assorted issues lingering in the back of my mind have already found their way onto the pages. In a sense, getting this random mind-junk down on paper has alerted me to issues that I wasn't even aware of before I started scribbling them down, and funny thing is, as I continue the writing, the solutions become apparent. It's quite the cathartic experience.
It'll be interesting to see if morning writings benefit me creatively as the author implies they should (and she's been doing them for 20 years...), but hey, at the very least, I'm writing in my journal regularly for the first time in my life...