Creativity Coaching: Spontaneity

October 3, 2010 § 2 Comments

Hi, _________,

Thanks for touching base. I’ve done several activities during my 15 non-goal oriented minutes: reading poetry (which has reminded me of how simple and filling it can be), journaling (insight description to follow), searching for submission venues, and today I edited and posted a poem I wrote yesterday. Yes, a spontaneous poem! That was cool.

Taking the pressure off outcome and why was helpful. I don’t know if the need to know will return as my motivation ebbs and flows, but it relieved the pressure for now. And the journaling I did offered me an insight. Let’s call it slowing down. There are several areas in my life in which I’m ambitious – and in the past, driven – and in which I’m slowing down. I’m doing the work, but differently. Gen X coined the phase “work smarter, not harder,” and I’m doing exactly that. So I’m wondering if in writing I’m also slowing down (OK, well, clearly I am), and if a tweaked short-term goal might be to work smarter and not harder. And if so, what would that look like and how would it impact my existential why?

I want to keep this 15 minute a day exercise (with one or two days off a week – because I hate every day obligations and have to have an out) and see where it continues to take me.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.

Pamela

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§ 2 Responses to Creativity Coaching: Spontaneity

  • b_y says:

    hey
    I stuck my nose in to see what you were up to and noticed your note about journaling,etc. It started me thinking about the writing process, and how it works for me. Wound up writing something too long to courteously leave as a comment, but some of it is, nonetheless. writers unblock

    • Hey, thanks, b_y. I read your comments and what jumped out at me was “continuing the process.” That makes so much sense – I do think about ideas all the time. I like the idea of continuing because (obviously) it means I’ve never stopped. A freeing idea.

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