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"Honestly, my favorite creative block is. . . "

What's your favorite thing to do instead of making art? It doesn't have to be something you don't think you should do – having friends over, watching TV, reading, cooking for others, helping other people with their creative blocks – all these things are great, and that's why they're favorites. What's yours?

Think about the payoffs or benefits you get from being blocked. Even if you can't draw, draw yourself happily indulging in your favorite creativity-blocking activity.

How about those morning pages? I wrote mine on the subway yesterday. Usually I'm squeamish about writing in such close quarters, but today it was fine, for some reason.
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“Ten ways I am mean to myself are. . . “

Cameron believes that making both positive desires and negative feelings and actions explicit can help us clarify them, the better to point us in the right direction. If you tend to be unkind to yourself, count the ways. You can draw these ways or collect images to represent them.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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“Ten items I would like to own, but I don't are. . .”

Cameron sometimes presents these exercises as motivational and/or related in some way to prodding “the universe” into action, which I'm extremely not on board with.

I'd prefer to think of them as identity clarification. For example, I'd like to own a small Mystique figurine because I love the character Mystique from X-Men. I don't think I ought to take out any loans to make this happen, but writing it down is a way of enjoying the wish without pressure. I might also take this opportunity to write about why I relate to Mystique, or something like that.

The things you want don't have to be super significant or meaningful, though. They can be just things that you would like to own.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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Pre-posted in preparation for not being near a computer:

“If I were older and had money” List five postponed pleasures, requiring money or otherwise. Collect these images for your file.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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NOTE: I have to pre-post a couple of days since I'll be traveling and unable to get to a computer. I apologize for any confusion. Here's Wednesday:

Imagine a scenario:

"If I were younger and had money . . ." List five adventures you would embark on desires you'd indulge. They don't have to require money if they don't. Add images of these to your file if you're doing the file.

How are the morning pages going?
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I'm going to be traveling for the next few days. Since Dreamwidth doesn't allow me to schedule posts (that I can tell), this may mean that I'll have to put several days up at once in order not to fall behind. I apologize for any confusion this may cause.
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Your task today, if you're up to it (and as always, no need to say what you've done or whether you've done it), is to start an image file. "If I had either faith or money, I would try..." List five. Then keep an eye out for images of these desires. When you see them, cut them out, photograph them, draw them, or otherwise make the image your own. Cameron suggests that you continue to add to this file for the rest of the twelve weeks.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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One of the chief barriers to accepting God's generosity is our limited notion of what we are in fact able to accomplish.


Scarcity Thinking )

The Virtue Trap )

If you have trouble believing in a supportive God, try this exercise:
“The reason I can't really believe in a supportive God is. . . “ List five grievances. (God can take it)


(p. 103)
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We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I'm not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for that. —Toni Morrison

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-groomed, and unaggressive. —Leslie M. McIntyre

Toni Morrison has my number. I am constantly giving myself a giant A-plus for having no time to write, and it's no good.

Cameron's topics this week include what she calls the "virtue trap". She says a very common reason for maintaining a creative block is the need, or desire, to avoid "what would X think?" where X is a spouse, family member, or friend. For a lot of people, sacrificing something of our own time for the benefit of others can feel selfless or virtuous, and that feeling, or the need to avoid feeling selfish, can be very compelling.

Because of this, we might be reluctant to set aside time for fear of being selfish, or of losing the feeling of virtue that comes from never having time. We might even be reluctant to compromise where compromise is possible.

One of Cameron's examples is a woman who wants to take pottery classes, but it would mean missing some of her son's baseball practices. Instead of taking the classes and attending as many of the practices as she can without missing class, or even taking some classes and only skipping a few practices, she skips the classes entirely to attend all the practices, and pushes the pottery classes into the category of things she would like to do if supporting her son didn't come first.

At some point in your creative life, Cameron says, you will have to be selfish. Try not to be afraid.

Being afraid to be selfish can be a kind of self-destruction. Organizing our lives without care for our creative self is a kind of self-destruction. Many of the tasks in Week 5 focus on possibilities that we have relegated to the past (when we were young and stupid) or to the future (when we're older and have more money or fewer responsibilities). We're encouraged to bring these possibilities back into the present.

Cameron has three quizzes in this chapter:
The Virtue-Trap Quiz:
1) The biggest lack in my life is _____.
2) The greatest joy in my life is _____.
3) My largest time commitment is _____.
4) As I play more, I work _____.
5) I feel guilty that I am _____.
6) I worry that _____.
7) If my dreams come true, my family will _____.
8) I sabotage myself so people will _____.
9) If I let myself feel it, I'm angry that I _____.
10) One reason I get sad sometimes is _____.


Leading into the second quiz, Cameron says one of the things blocked creatives often do is say no to ourselves in many small and large ways.

Forbidden Joys: List ten things you love and would love to do but do not feel allowed to do. Post the list somewhere highly visible.

Wish List: List nineteen things you wish, as serious or frivolous as you like but list them as fast as possible, and a twentieth thing you most especially wish.

Don't forget to go on a date with your artist sometime this week and do your morning pages every day!
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Your task today, if you're up to it (and as always, no need to say what you've done or whether you've done it), is to start an image file. "If I had either faith or money, I would try..." List five. Then keep an eye out for images of these desires. When you see them, cut them out, photograph them, draw them, buy them, acquire them somehow. You'll be adding to this file for the rest of the twelve weeks.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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Sorry for the late post; your mod had to work overtime.

We are traditionally rather proud of ourselves for having slipped creative work in there between the domestic chores and obligations. I'm not sure we deserve such big A-pluses for that. —Toni Morrison

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-groomed, and unaggressive. —Leslie M. McIntyre

Cameron's topics this week include what she calls the "virtue trap". She says a very common reason for maintaining a creative block is the need, or desire, to avoid "what would X think?" where X is a spouse, family member, or friend. How selfless we feel when we sacrifice our time for the benefit of others. How virtuous. And how selfish we feel when we take time for ourselves and no one else. One of Cameron's examples is a woman who wants to take pottery classes, but it would mean missing some of her son's baseball practices. Instead of taking the classes and attending as many of the practices as she can without missing class, she skips the classes entirely to attend all the practices, wishing all the while she were doing otherwise. How selfish of her to opt for pottery over being a supportive mother to her son.

Self-care is important. Selfishness, to a degree, is vital.

Are you self-destructive? Cameron asks. Are you destructive of your self? Does your life serve you or only others?

Cameron has three quizzes this time:

The Virtue-Trap Quiz:
1) The biggest lack in my life is _____.
2) The greatest joy in my life is _____.
3) My largest time commitment is _____.
4) As I play more, I work _____.
5) I feel guilty that I am _____.
6) I worry that _____.
7) If my dreams come true, my family will _____.
8) I sabotage myself so people will _____.
9) If I let myself feel it, I'm angry that I _____.
10) One reason I get sad sometimes is _____.


Leading into the second quiz, Cameron says one of the things blocked creatives often do is say no to ourselves in many small and large ways.

Forbidden Joys: List ten things you love and would love to do but are not allowed to do. Post the list somewhere highly visible.

Wish List: List nineteen things you wish, as serious or frivolous as you like but list them as fast as possible, and a twentieth thing you most especially wish.

Don't forget to go on a date with your artist sometime this week and do your morning pages every day!

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