Friday, August 2, 2013

Fun Fictional Friday: Caring for the Creative

I know. I'm behind in my posts. I'm lacking in my blog visits. My social media check-ins are pathetic, at best. I'm sure we've all be there. Got a lot going on here. In the past two weeks, I've had a monumental shift in my life. The dreaded part-time day job is no longer. *squeals* *rolls around floor* *breaks into giddy hysterics* You're now looking at the new yoga instructor for this gorgeous ranch resort. My first week was this week and my head is spinning with the excitement of it all. Okay, I'll get on with it already...xoxo, my friends.


Caring for the creative. Writers (creatives in general) tend to spend our energy and neglect to recover it. We empty the creative well and forget to replenish the source. Author and artist Julia Cameron wrote a three-book series called The Artist's Way about caring for the creative. Writers have to fill the well or it'll dry up. How long can a vehicle run on fumes? 

Here are a few ways to give your creative soul a boost:

  • Expose yourself to new art. Visit an art museum. Attend an orchestra. Read out of your genre.
  • Surround yourself with artsy folk. Creativity is infectious.
  • Get out. Meet people. Strike up a conversation with someone on a bus ride.
  • Sit still for 10 minutes a day. Meditate. Banish the brain banter.
  • Think of creativity as a muscle, exercise it.
  • As author of THE ARTIST'S WAY Julia Cameron says, "Fill the creative well."
  • Do some yoga. It's about self, being present and aware, and listening to your body.
  • Take a walk in the woods or park, alone. Listen to nature around you. It's soul cleansing.
  • Laugh often. Psychology Today says, "Laughter is the best medicine. It improves your job performance, especially if your work depends on creativity and solving complex problems."
  • Think you should adopt the motto: No rest for the writer? Baloney. Take a break. 
  • Take a shower. Seriously. It's what the experts say. Something about lather-rinse-repeat. Read more about this on the NPR link below.
  • Avoid the "monkey mind" or put your plot bunnies in a cage. Feed & water them, but only let them out to hop around when YOU are ready, one at a time. Remember: You are the master of the funny farm. See video on the Sacred Muse link below for more about the "monkey mind".  


~Have a writerly weekend y'all! Go. Write. Create. :-)

Note: For the next four weeks, I'll be posting on Mondays as the host for #WipMadness. Feel free to jump in and comment. Who knows, you may even fall in <3 with the group and join us. We're quite <3able peeps! 

My regular blog posts will feature only on Wednesdays during the month of August.


  1. I love how blogger likes to take my copied and randomly highlight some text. Oh, and also enlarge text at random. I <3 Blogger. See, that's me being positive. :-)

  2. Blogger's fired!
    Baloney. I like that.
    Practicing my guitar refuels my tank.

    1. Music is a fabulous fuel to spark your creativity!

  3. I am so happy for your new job. Our muse is like a checking account. If we withdraw only, we will finally attempt to write and come up NSF! I like your ways to re-charge. :-)

  4. I love yoga. Doing other things and interacting with the world is always a source of fodder and inspiration.

  5. Yoga and writing. Yoga and writing. Peace and writing. Monkey mind and writing. : )

  6. Awesome, perfect tips on the fostering of creativity, Candilynn. I'm going to have to take some of those into consideration. And hey, don't beat yourself up over not blogging as much--we all get busy. Lord knows I do! And CONGRATULATIONS on the new job! That's awesome :D!!!!!

  7. Thx, Melissa, Roland, Lara, and Randi! I'm on week two of the new gig. Flowing well. :)

    Mary, yoga is the best. :0

    Hannah, Yes, yoga and writing...:)