Have you read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way? If you’re a creative or you want to be, this is a must-read. I worked my way through it in 1997 and while most of its brilliant suggestions and guidance didn’t get through my carefully constructed walls made from self-sabotage and unhelpful patterns, it seems that its lessons lay dormant until I was ready.
One of the practices recommended/created by Cameron is the Morning Pages ritual which regular readers and long-suffering friends/family will have heard me banging on about constantly. I cannot stress the importance of the discipline to not only write daily but to fill at least three pages with the contents of your whirling mind. It stops the whirl and it’s quite possibly the only thing that can.
Another of Cameron’s suggestions is the Reading Fast. It’s a fast, but instead of eating nothing, you read nothing for seven days. Not even the cereal packet and these days would have to include social media and such. I have done this twice in twenty years and I can attest to its almost magical powers to bring forth a flow of creativity. (I was lucky in that I worked for myself and didn’t have to read anything for work.)
I love the concept of restricted consumption and I plan to go on retreat next year for a week in Bali and do yoga and chill by the pool and eat yummy food and have a week away from the constant consumption I have been surrounding myself with this year. The movies, the books, the Netflix, the constant fucking scrolling through social media to promote my shit. gah, it’s exhausting – but I love it! Some people get all holier than thou about Facebook but I’ve met far some quality people on social media that I would never have met IRL.
Some people get a bit hung up on consuming content. I read a post recently that said a well-known business coach was telling his readers they needed to be creating 1000 pieces of quality content a DAY!! wtf?? yep, you read that right. What a joke. I think if someone if creating 1 piece of quality ‘content’ i.e. original writing, photography, original art, craft, recipe, whatever per WEEK, then they are smashing it! No wonder people get freaked out about networking, marketing and creativity in general.
HAVING SAID ALL THAT…this is what I am consuming right now!
BOOKS! Helen Garner’s Everywhere I Look is my introduction to all things Garner and Graham Robb’s The Ancient Paths for #preptober.
Movie – See my review of A Star is Born. #swoon I am also very keen to see Venom. Sadly I missed The Wife with Glenn Close at the cinema so I’ll head over to Apple TV to rent it.
Netflix – Lucifer!
Podcasts – for writers – Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn, for everyone else – Heavyweight from Gimlet Media.
Music – November (feat. Lisa Mitchell)
New stuff from Aussie group Rufus du Sol.
Facebook goodness – The wonderful Dr Michael Lennox who dishes up brilliant astrological insights and is a remarkable dream interpreter also.
Instagram you MUST follow
In the words of Dr Lennox, Have at it!