Monday, August 5, 2013

August #WipMadness Check In Week 1: Cradle Your Creative

Since April's wild #WipMadness ride, many of us have been running in high gear. Writing. Revising. Repeating. Day in and day out. What happens if we spend our creative energy and forget to replenish it? Our brains turn into goo. Can we write with gooey brains? Well, sort of. What appears on the page may not be pretty. Most likely we'll work so darned hard at producing something worthwhile, other areas in our lives will suffer. The worst, our health. Draining one's energy and not restoring it, does NOT do the body good. 

What can you do?

Get down on the floor.

No, you don't have to give me 20.

We're going to cradle our creatives. That's right. If we need to toss ourselves around a bit, throw a tantrum, go ahead. 

Finished?

Okay. Pull yourself together. Literally. Sit on your knees. Spread the knees (about hips / chest distance apart), but keep your toes close together. Now fold over, resting the chest down through the knees. 

 For some this may be difficult; you may have to roll up a towel and place it between your rear end and heels. You can use rolled blankets or pillows to prop the body for a deeper, restorative pose. Now, settle in. This is what we yogis call Child's Pose. To relax in the posture, you may either bring your hands under your head to rest or you can wrap them around along sides of your legs. Rest.






Cradle your creative. Breathe deeply. Restore yourself. Take five minutes at the end of each day and do Child's Pose. Feel the goo disappear. You'll be amazed.

#WipMadness peeps, I hope you join me next Monday for more on rejuvenating the creative in you. May you all have a fabulous week! Write & rest on, my friends. ~Candi

33 comments:

  1. Yay Candi! Thanks for hosting. And for the relaxation.

    I'm in high gear mode myself, finishing a huge edit, and preparing for school to start while finishing a bathroom/bedroom revision and riding 2 newly trained young horses. Awwww.

    Drops into child's pose.

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    1. 2 newly trained horses? Yikes. Well, you're probably used to a bit of dust on the knees. I guess the barn floor will serve a good spot. Horse blankets will make excellent pillows. And if you're like my daughter, nothing makes her happier than the scent of horse... barn smell. :) Yay for all your editing!

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  2. If I were to get into any of those positions, I might never get out of them again!

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    1. Ah, come on, Alex! You can do child's pose. What happens when we go to sit in lotus?

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  3. Awesome, Candi! I'm fresh off my yearly Mother/Son retreat to North Carolina and ever more inspired to plunge into the WIP...the award-winning WIP, that is! I'm also scared to death that I'm going to screw it all up now that my work has garnered some attention. ACK! Better cradle my creative a little more...

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    1. Remember fear can be crippling. Also, don't fear you'll screw things up. Have faith in your WIP, that it's going to be amazing. Just like you. ;)

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  4. You are right that we should replenish our creative wells. If not, gobbledy-goo is all we'll produce...and that's not cool lol!

    And I used to be able to get into that position many years ago. Of course that was when I was a child. It was so easy then lol!!!

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    1. Yeah, I doubt gobbledy-goo is publishable! Try doing a version of image 2. I know you can. ;)

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    2. Oh! Saw your post about P.I.P. Headed over soon!

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  5. Oh thank Goodness! I couldn't give you 20 if I tried! I've heard so much about yoga but have never tried - one day. Thanks for the tips, Candilynn!

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    1. Are you kidding? I couldn't give myself 20 push-ups! Lol. Chatarunga Dandasanas (kind of like a reversed push up), maybe, but not push-ups. You're so welcome. I hear you and Angela have big things happening!! I'm headed over to P.I.P. later today. :)

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  6. I'm about to go do some yoga.

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  7. Thanks for hosting, Candilynn!

    I learned the hard way last month about the consequences of goo. It was inevitable, writing non-stop with no breaks, no time to come up for air. Add that to life with The Keysmashing Tots, and I thought I was about to bust.

    I reevaluated my goals and this month I'm also ensuring that I take at least one day a week off from writing (but ideally the weekend) so I can recharge from the zaniness of the week.

    Here's to a gooless August!

    Cheers,

    Tonette

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    1. You have been running crazy these past few months. Every time I read one of your comments, I say, "Man, she's on the ball!" Give yourself a small break here and there. You deserve it. :)

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  8. Child's pose ... yep. I need that. Thanks!

    I am working on reading recent works in my subgenre (YA high fantasy), and on sending out queries. That's my focus. I'm not going to push myself for more, but if it happens, then yay.

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    1. Oh, best of luck to you and your queries!!

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  9. Thanks again for hosting this month, Candi. As for that pose... my arthritic knees took one look and screamed, "No way!!" But I might be able to fool them if I try it on my bed. I totally agree that we have to take time to replenish our creative wells. Julia Cameron's 'artist's dates' are helpful for me... immersing myself in a creative environment... emptying my mind of all thought. My favourite place is sitting by the ocean and letting go of everything except the sound of the wind and waves, but just getting out for a walk in our woods also works reasonably well.

    I hope everyone has a creative week!

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    1. The bed is a perfect solution for knee issues. I too have an early onset of arthritis from knee surgery, plus yucky Fibro issues as well. It took me about 2 years before I could get back on my knees after surgery. Always remember to take care of YOU in yoga. :) Have a creative week, too!

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    2. And the ocean sounds divine. :)

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  10. Hmm...looks like Blogger ate my last comment. If not, now you'll have TONS of comments from me. Yay!

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for hosting this month. I'll be toiling away on my rewrite for August.

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    1. Blogger is weird sometimes. Sorry about that. Yay for rewrites, Jennifer!! Good luck!

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  11. First, congrats on the new Yogi gig. That resort looks amazing! Hard not to relax at a place like that.

    I love the idea of clearing your "brain goo" with a good stretch and a yoga pose. I'm with Alex, too afraid to attempt. Maybe tomorrow. ;-)
    Funny thing is, I work with this very slim, fit woman in her 50's who was amazed that I could sit on the floor with my legs criss-crossed (is that the lotus pose?); she said she'd never be able to get up after that. But that's nothing! I cant drag myself out of bed at 6am for any reason, certainly not for an hour of exercise. And 20 push-ups? That's probably my limit on a good day, lol.

    Pose #2 looks comfortable though. I think I can manage that one!

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    1. Hi Chris! Nice to see ya. Lotus is sort of like criss-cross, but with your feet up on the inner thighs. I'll post it this month and point it out to ya. I could fall asleep in pose #2. :)

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  12. Thank you for this and yes I will use it. Especially appreciate the various poses, lol!

    Boy I hear ya on brain goo. I sometimes feel the need to work through the goo. Have a notion that I have to. Yay for the reminder to cradle the creative. Working away on the writing this month. Digging deep on some middle grade and a redesign of blog.

    Hope everyone has a Marvelous week!

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    1. Hey Deb! Glad you like the poses. :) Best of luck to you with the writing, and blog redesign? Fun!!

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  13. I've been going back to yoga since April. Loving it! I've been doing it more though to help with stress.

    I admit, it's been hard this month to get much writing done. My virtual book tour is this month too! Also just found out Mother-in-law fractured her ankle which means...

    More yoga and mediation!!!!

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    1. Yoga is sooooo good for stress and anxiety and depression. Just sitting still and breathing is good. Sorry about your MIL. A virtual book tour, how exciting!! Good luck, Kim. :)

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  14. Thanks so much for hosting, Candi! I love the look of that Child's Pose, but am terribly afraid if I attempt it, I will never come back up :-)

    Summer is putting a cramp in my productivity, but I'm still slowly working away at my books in need of attention. Still hoping to start something new September 1st!

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    1. I'm honored to host. It's my first time. :) Good luck with starting something new soon!

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  15. A day late, but I'm here! My brain is goo, but not from writing or revising, unless interviews count??? The oddest thing has happened here in Northern AZ lately--we're having the wettest summer on record, whilst WA is having the sunniest. Not doing much for my already dampened disposition. Sigh. Self-care is my goal right now. I've been keeping myself way too busy the past six months and it's taking it's toll on my body. I've been taking lots more naps lately and am reading more (though not a fraction of what I used to.) Thanks for hosting Candi. ^_^

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    1. No biggie, Ang. I know all about not taking care of myself. Sheesh. The way our body crumbles when we don't. I know you and I deal with the unfortunate same Fibro stuff. It's so very important to keep our bodies healthy. Naps are good, as is reading. Remember stress is a trigger, as I'm sure you know. Take care, you. :)

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  16. Hi Candilynn! I hope all is well with you :) You know, I love your attitude. You're the kind of person I could see myself getting coffee with if we lived nearby. You just have such the right spin on things! I need to take your advice, I'm all work and action these days and the creativity has been waining!

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