Let’s Live Creatively


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*No one knows how hard it can be to just sit down and write more than I do. Sure there are plentiful ideas running wild in my head but to quiet them all down and try to make sense of it becomes the most daunting part of my day. My thoughts are wild and reckless and refuse to be tamed. I, in turn, lack the strength to pull on the reigns.

Sound familiar? I know, man, I know…there, there…it will be okay because I’m right here with you in the trenches. In fact, I’m thinking that if I step up and lead you out of whatever writing funk you’ve found yourself in, I may just unlock my own inner awesomeness, too.

So let’s do this: go to your local library or bookstore and grab a copy of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It’s a sort of workshop in a book that helps you unleash that creative beast you have inside, and I’ve decided to revisit the exercises.

Don’t be alarmed by the religious reference in the subtitle of the book, though. Feel free to only acknowledge whatever entity you believe armed you with the ability to tell a good story. This is really about keeping you from getting in your own way and creating a safe space where you can export the stuff in your head onto paper.

If you feel you need more direction, you can get the same workshop from Cameron via her website. There is a charge to experience the online class but if you have the money it’s definitely worth it.

For right now just get your hands on the book and familiarize yourself with the content, format, etc, and promise yourself that you’ll dive in.

Are you ready? I am!

Raquel Ivelisse

*This post first appeared online Wednesday, September 28, 2011, back when I really thought I was gonna change my life. So yes, I’m starting over yet again. Yes, this is a regurgitated post. Yes, you will deal.

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