Her methods for helping authors and other artists bring their visions to life work for me. Here are a few of my favorites, taken from several of her books I’ve bought over the years (her words are in quotes):
- Say creative affirmations such as “As I create and listen, I will be led,” “I am allowed to nurture my artist,” and “I am willing to be of service through my creativity.”
- “Take pen in hand. List five areas of your life in which you would like to see ‘improvement.’ Next to each area, write a small, forward-looking action that you could take. For example: Playing the piano: twenty minutes of daily practice can be shoehorned into the busiest life. You get the idea: Easy does it, but do it.”
- Try writing in more than one spot. “Multiple writing stations is a cheap trick…Changing stations with my moods, I bribe myself into writing when I might not feel like it.” (I move between my home office, living room, and front porch.)
- Understand that you “are dealing with an inner child. Artistic child abuse creates rebellion creates block.” (Love this.)
- When you need to “blast through the block,” take pen in hand (yes, Cameron’s a stickler for longhand) and list areas in which you’re procrastinating. For instance, I have to finish my book proposal. “Moving one at a time, write down your resentments, angers, and fears connected to each area in which you procrastinate.”
Yes. I can do this. Whatever “this” is.
[Thanks to Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, The Writer’s Life: Insights from The Right to Write, and The Sound of Paper.]
How do you “blast through the block” – whether in writing or in life?
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