This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Sound of Paper. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.
10 Small things to do when feeling creatively dried up: (for me, changing scenery seems to be the most effective thing to do.)
- Go sit in a local cathedral. The energy is really strong and healing, in spite of the priests and humanity.
- Visit the rose garden.
- Get a massage – preferably at the one place where I know the masseuse won’t chat me up, ask me for advice, or end up asking for my services – in the past three years, this has only not happened at ONE massage. ONE.
- Do my time-out facial thing, and insist it be a regular appointment. I only wish Netflix on demand hadn’t lost so many of the decent romantic comedies.
- See a movie by myself.
- Go dancing, by myself. (I did it! I can do it again! Western purdah be damned!)
- Pull up that yoga video that has simple moves that work so dramatically.
- Pick a small area to declutter.
- Pick a shop, or park, or restaurant I’ve never been to to visit.
- Get out my crayons and literally scribble.