Are you experiencing a creative lull? Perhaps these symptoms sound familiar:
- Your Creativity hasn’t shown up lately. In fact, you can’t remember when you last had a true burst of inspiration.
- You’re feeling lonely and unfulfilled. Each time you sit down to the page you’re struggling to even form a sentence. You’re beginning to wonder whether your previous creative adventures were just a fluke.
- You no longer feel like a true writer. A creative numbness has come over you and you have no idea how to find your way back to your inner Creativity.
If this describes you, then you need a Creative Cleanse.
Paying Attention to Your Creativity’s Wellbeing
Most of us watch what we eat and find time for exercise. We look after ourselves and every now and then we even pamper ourselves. We know we work best when we take care of our needs.
But too often we forget that our Creativities need similar care. It’s our responsibility to make sure our Creativity is as healthy and happy as possible.
It’s easy to lose touch with your Creativity’s needs, becoming so focused on what you’re writing and the work you’re putting into the page that you don’t notice your Creativity is struggling.
Now it’s time to change all that. It’s time to give your Creativity some special attention.
Cleansing Your Creative Habits
To properly care for your Creativity, you need to do the following:
- Provide Space to Rest – Your Creativity needs downtime when she/he is not in demand.
- Cultivate Trust – Your Creativity needs to trust that you will turn up to the page and respect the ideas you’ve given (no matter how whacky those ideas may be). You need to regularly show your Creativity that you’re willing to spend the time it takes to work through the creative process.
- Fill the Creative Well – If you want your Creativity to provide you with ideas, you need to be soaking her/him in idea juice. You need to regularly refill your creative well so your Creativity has plenty to draw on.
- Practice Good Writing Habits – Some days your writing will be rubbish. It’s a fact all writers have to come to terms with. But the habit of writing regularly is more important than the result. If you can prove to your Creativity that you will regularly turn up to the page, then your Creativity is more likely to grace you with her/his presence.
- Work Towards Completion – Bringing an idea to fruition is a rewarding feeling. In order to reward your Creativity with this feeling, you need to focus your efforts on a regular project.
- Learn What Makes Your Creativity Tick – Everyone’s Creativity is different. What works for one person may cause all sorts of problems for another person. You need to know what your Creativity likes and dislikes so you can cater to those unique needs.
How many of the above have you been able to do recently? It’s hard to remember all of these in an average week. That’s where the Creative Cleanse comes in.
Taking the Creative Cleanse
(This course is no longer available as of 2016. If you wish to receive a copy of the PDF version, e-mail jessica AT creativitysworkshop DOT com.)
The schedule for the five weeks is as follows:
- Week 1 – Actively Do Nothing
- Week 2 – Restorative Reading
- Week 3 – Freewriting (using the Creative Cleanse writing prompts)
- Week 4 – Choose a Project
- Week 5 – Record Your Observations (using the Creative Cleanse Worksheet)
It will take you 15 minutes to half an hour a day to complete the activities and I will be on hand to answer any questions you may have during the process.
At the end of your course, you will receive a PDF copy of the Creative Cleanse so you can return to the Creative Cleanse program whenever you wish.
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