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post #21 of 45
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I'm in...I'm here.

Just barely.

I did the required reading, but I didn't do my morning pages...my DH's grandmother died over the weekend, and her funeral was today, so I didn't get much done.

Tomorrow, though. I will get it done tomorrow.

I even bought a new pretty (spiral) notebook.
post #22 of 45
I hope I'm not too late! I've had the book for about...hmmm... six years and have resisted it for some reason, although a few weeks ago I brought it out, hoping to finally start. So now, here's my chance! I'll try to start on chapter one tomorrow.
post #23 of 45
I've had my book for about 3 yrs. I just feel this is it. I will follow thru to the end this time.

I'm up and fixing lunches. I have about my mp started. I think of 3 pgs as more of a guide...

Good luck and good day to everyone.
post #24 of 45
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Originally Posted by Sydnee View Post
I wasn't able to get the book yet, maybe I can jump in next week?
Absolutely!! Jump in whenever you can
post #25 of 45
I did two pages this morning, I also pondered the questions and exercises and affirmations. My problem is that when I was growing up, I had a creative mother who fostered my own creative urges, and alot of supportive people around me. That is not a real *problem*, it just makes some of the questions hard to answer.

I am trying to think of something to do for my artist date, what have any of you come up with (this is the hardest part )
post #26 of 45
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Wow.

I'm am very happy to report that I actually completed my morning pages...all three of them.

It was not easy.

I found every reason to prevent me from sitting down and getting to it:

Couldn't find my special notebook
Needed to clean the kitchen
Had work to do on my editing transcripts
Floor needed sweeping
Laundry needed washing
I was exhausted and needed a nap (only got 3 hours of sleep)
Haven't had a shower in 3 days, need to wash my hair.
Have bills to organize
Had to make a pot of coffee
Had to scrub the kitchen table where I was writing

Seems I had this idea in my head of what the "perfect" setting was to do my morning pages. Julia Cameron made a brief mention of sitting down with a cup of coffee and doing your pages. So, I *had* to have coffee...and I got to procrastinate for another 10 minutes.

That's my problem. I've always got something else to do--something more important that meeting my own needs. No wonder I can't write.

I sucked it up and wrote in another notebook, not insisting that I could ONLY write in my special notebook purchased specifically for Morning Pages...and I got it done...even though my 8 mo DD woke up when I had three lines left on my 3rd page...I finished those lines before I got her up (she was playing in her bed).

I feel mildly accomplished.
post #27 of 45
Hey that sounds great! You did your 3 pgs in spite of all the distractions!

I haven't decided on an Artist's Date. I love long walks to clear my head, and the opportunities are few and far between during the week. I may go for a moonlit walk after work if it manages to stop raining. I would also like to rent a movie and just Watch It without interruptions or guilt because it's MY choice of film.
post #28 of 45
I'd like to take my writer out to a movie, just us

I do my morning pages in bed before I get up, once I get up, it's all over. The only problem is that I sometimes start to fall back to sleep

Maybe I will suck it up and come downstairs, but if I make a pot of coffee, I will be less likely to go for my walk (I walk for an hour every morning)
post #29 of 45
I'd like to take my writer out to a movie, just us

I do my morning pages in bed before I get up, once I get up, it's all over. The only problem is that I sometimes start to fall back to sleep

Maybe I will suck it up and come downstairs, but if I make a pot of coffee, I will be less likely to go for my walk (I walk for an hour every morning)
post #30 of 45
I'd like to take my writer out to a movie, just us

I do my morning pages in bed before I get up, once I get up, it's all over. The only problem is that I sometimes start to fall back to sleep

Maybe I will suck it up and come downstairs, but if I make a pot of coffee, I will be less likely to go for my walk (I walk for an hour every morning)
post #31 of 45
Oh, wowsa. If you all want to do the Vein of Gold, I'd be TOTALLY up for it. I'll keep an eye out and see what you all do after you finish the AW. I've worked through it three times (twice in a group irl, and once with one friend) and want to move to Vein of Gold... Maybe I'll post an invite to folks... Hmmm...
post #32 of 45
Yeah, you should start a group. I hope we roll right through all 3 books, I have been intending to do the AW for years, but it is only now, that I am having trouble with finding motivation, that I am forcing myself to start, I am glad I am.
post #33 of 45
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It's Wednesday...and I didn't do my Morning Pages.



My 8 mo DD is teething, and although she went to bed around 10:30 last night, she was up at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. She will usually sleep at least 6 hours, if not 8...so, I'm used to getting a little bit of solid sleep at night. But yesterday I was up at 6:30 (to take DH to work) and didn't get to bed until midnight, and then was up all night with DD...

SO--that is my EXCUSE for not getting my MP done.

I've got more--wanna hear them?

I considered sitting down and doing my MP tonight before I went to bed...but I had to make (from scratch) the invitations for my friend's baby shower...and I had to assemble the invites for my DD's 11-birthday party.

Now I need to go to bed, but for some reason I'm still sitting here.

I can honestly say, though, that I have been doing--at least in my head--the exercises for this week...about our monsters and our heroes of our creativity...so, I want to do a little writing on that soon.
post #34 of 45
I've been able to do little mp burps, maybe one page. I'm getting myself used to finding time and sitting down to do it.

One thing I have been struggling with is thinking about my "monsters." I am tired of blaming people in my childhood for what's happending now. Even thinking about them gives them some power. So I'm gonna stop. And I have to acknowledge that I am one of my own enemies. I'm okay with that because I can change my reactions etc.

Hope everyone has a good day.
post #35 of 45
This week's exercises have made me realize that I'm my own "monster"

My family has always been very supportive of my creative endeavors, so I don't have any tales of artistic ridicule to work on. Instead, all I can think of are the times I haven't let myself do something because I don't think I'll be "good enough". In some ways I'm sure I've always known this about myself, but these exercises have underscored it for me.

I'm also realizing that I don't have any experience with negative responses to my work because I don't put myself out there. This week, I was inspired to submit a flash fiction piece to a blog I've been reading (but not submitting anything to) for months. I'll know if it got accepted in a few days

Oh, also, I'm loving the morning pages. I'm using them as a big info dump for all the random thoughts in my head. It is amazing how they clear my head.
post #36 of 45
I keep loaning my copy of TAW out. It was incredibly helpful to me a couple of years ago. I should ask for the book back - the person who currently has it has had it for nearly a year. Can I join in if I get it back?
post #37 of 45

I'd like to join...

I am supposed to get the book today in the mail, so I will be a week behind everyone- but I'd still love to join if I could!
post #38 of 45
oh please EVERYBODY join it if you are behind, skim if you must, but definitely read the first chapter, there are some important things there. If you can't do that, jump in and little by little backtrack over the earlier info so you can keep up.
post #39 of 45
subbing and catching up. been trying to work through this book for awhile. hoping a group will help keep me motivated!
post #40 of 45
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Ha.

Was this supposed to be week one?

More like Week None for me.

I got one day of MP done, and that's as far as I've gotten.

I swear, I feel like I never sit down long enough to write a single word, let alone 3 pages worth...and for all of my good intentions, I just haven't managed to do anything other than read the chapter--and usually that's when I'm in the bathroom!

What happens if you don't successfully complete a week? Do you stay with that week's chapter for the following week, or do you move on to the next chapter?
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