"Despite taking 12 months instead of 12 weeks, I did all the exercises, which help me to get a lot more out of the book than just reading it. It was crucial also in reawakening more of my creative side."
How I did it: A friend handed me the book at a bookstore. "Here, this seems like something you'd like." I paged through it and realized that it was the book I'd been searching for all my life even without knowing it: creativity not for the sake of generating a creative product but creativity as a day-in-day-out spiritual practice. The book was so multi-dimensional, tackling issues of self-care, surrendering to creativity without regards to quality. looking at your doubts and fears squarely, shrugging off the people toxic to your creative process, etc. etc., that I couldn't but do all of it, even if it was slowly and laboriously. In the process, my stuck novel became unstuck and, more importantly, art became for me not something to be done but something that is lived.
Lessons & tips: It definitely helps if you can do it with others. Whether a friend or a group, the interaction will add momentum to your rediscovering creativity as a joyful experience.
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