well, now that i’ve got your attention…. it’s not what you think! let me explain. in keeping with my word-of-the-year “imagine”, i’ve started another new practice. i believe in the power of practice. i’ve been pretty faithful with this one and am still loving it!
i already have a lot of notebooks, journals, etc. that i write various things in, but i saw the need to add yet another. my bs journal is for brain-storming. i made a cute cover and divided it up into sections with sticky notes – photo ideas, studio work, blog topics, retreat ideas, etc., etc.
now comes the most important part…. scheduling time to sit down and actually brain-storm! without that, i run the risk of having this book fall to the bottom of the pile after a few days of lackluster inspiration and joining the ranks of other good intentions gone awry. ummm… yes, it has happened before.
i’m only a few days into it. at first ideas were just bubbling up like soda pop, some of them drawn from other notebooks, but it felt good to get them down in the same place and categorize them. wow, this is fun!
then came a day when i sat down and stared at the page. nada. no new ideas. i’ve run dry already. not so fun after all. but that’s where the discipline comes in. so i still spend the time… i go back and read everything i’ve already written. usually that will spark something, but if not i can always add a new detail or two to what i already have.
brain-storming should be uncensored. anything that pops into my head. no evaluation. so another thing to do on those less-than-inspired days is to go back and re-read, evaluate and choose. make sure some of those ideas actually make it onto a to-do list at some point. we’ll see what happens!
doing these little disciplined practices is convincing me of something that i know in my head, but i sometimes have trouble getting it to sink down deep:
creative is not a characteristic
that a few lucky souls are born with
to the exclusion of the rest of us.
it’s a LIFE-STYLE!
(all photos taken on my morning walk with my trusty Sony point-and-shoot)