The new year is fast approaching (again) but never before has it been riddled with such uncertainty and anxiety, at least in my lifetime, not counting the infamous 9-11.
We are supposed to reflect on this year with awe and amazement, except, I don't know about you, it is not of the positive kind due mainly to the unfortunate political climate. As each year passes, however, I think of the opportunities I've missed into delving more into my art and writing. You may be fired up and "resisting" with great fever and pitch, and all I can say I am so jelly. I have become the political junkie, knowing names of political figures, reciting the day's scandal du jour, but it hardly gets transferred onto paper whether by words or art, you just end up reading your artist/writer friends do it.
My days are made of daydreams and whether it's patience or complacency, I muster enough motivation to keep things going. So, if you are like me, striving to be better, here are some tips to push you along and a quote by George Bernard Shaw “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”
What are the resolutions a writer or an artist can make? This time of year, I resolve to tie up my shoes and head out out in the wee hours so no one can see me trot on the bike trail at a slow pace, just to say I am moving, picking up one foot in front of the other, in a shuffle-type cadence. But that's the health-type resolution, but we should have a creativity resolution, and so here's a small list:
1) Resolve to say you are a writer or an artist or a musician...whatever it is you do. If you don't, you should still live like you do, and also say it to yourself in the mirror as your daily mantra, until, finally, you believe it.
2) Resolve to recognize your own style. Yes, you have studied Kafka to death but don't know why you keep writing a different way no matter how much you try to implement his greatness in your story line. Remember, influences doesn't show up so obviously in our work, but the writer/artist we admire has been a motivation to keep going with a piece or a collection.
3) Resolve to change things up a little bit. If you wake up at 4:30, get your coffee, and hit the computer to sort through and respond to emails like I do, see if you can get up to do yoga, or a brisk walk, or meet up with friends for coffee. Start slow like once a week to a couple of days per week until it becomes second nature. This approach makes you moving, helping you to collect material for your novel, poetry collection or art series.
4) I saved the most important for last which should be the first, because it is very important and that is make the time to write. It may seem obvious and easy to do, but for some people, it is rather difficult.
Also here are some great books you can buy for more inspiration to make this year one of the most productive year EVER!
"Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals"..."Hyatt shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving goals. Readers learn how to design their best year ever in just five hours
- three simple ways to triple the likelihood of achieving their goals
- how to quit-proof their goals
- what to do when they feel stuck
- and much more
Anyone who is tired of not seeing progress in their personal, intellectual, business, relationship, or financial goals will treasure the field-tested wisdom found in these pages."
"The Artist's Way Starter Kit (Paperback) By (author) Julia Cameron," ..."is a revolutionary program for artistic renewal from the world's foremost authority on the creative process, The Artist's Way is a life-changing book. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new introduction from the author."
"Things That Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living," is "For those interested in either beginning or expanding their own journaling explorations, this reader also provides a guide to the practice of daily writing, with 100 compelling questions to get us started. “Joy is the sea that holds all,” writes Mark, 'the Unity of Being where feelings don’t separate, but surface like waves to remind us we are alive.' Here, he helps us swim in those waters until we are held in the mystery of their buoyancy.”