I intended this week of the Artist’s Way to be week 1, but since I didn’t get any of the exercises done, I’ve decided to redesignate it as week 0.
The fundamentals of the Artist’s Way are the Morning Pages and the Artist Date and I did manage to keep up with those. Three pages of longhand every morning was surprisingly easy to churn out (I averaged about 21-22 minutes) and I felt that it did get me started pretty well for the day – no desire to go to sleep again after that! The only time it felt like a burden was yesterday when I had not accounted for the Morning Pages in my alarm time, and had to trade some lazy Radio 4 listening time for some fairly frantic writing.
It was a very easy week for the Artist Date: most of my week has felt like one big Artist Date! The festival was a great time for this. I’d highlight again the poetry performance by Young Dawkins and the Ingrid Calame exhibition. But sitting in the Storytelling Centre watching the world go by with a cup of peppermint tea and my knitting was just as effective.
This morning I started recording ‘blurts’ (negative thoughts) and I’ll try to get through some of the week 1 tasks. I feel a little resistant – the whole thing about converting negative thoughts into positive feels a little bit too much like CBT. Still, if I’m doing this I may as well do it properly! I’ll give it a go.