How many of you have worked through Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way?
How many of you have started it and never finished? Judging by that modern confessional, the Internet, quite a few. Well, far be it from me to judge – I only made two weeks.
I didn’t intend to abandon it, but Life Intervened (as it does) and though I carried on with the Morning Pages for a while, eventually I decided I needed the sleep more.
Please understand: giving up half an hour’s sleep of a morning is no laughing matter for a night-owl. This was Sacrifice, and when the fire failed to fall from on high, I hauled my sacrifice back off the altar and went on with life.
But just recently, I had a Good Idea.
(At least, I hope it will turn out to be a Good Idea. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, after all.)
There are twelve weeks in the course of the Artist’s Way.
There are twelve months in the year.
Why not spread out the exercises and so forth over a month, instead of over a week? That way, if Life Intervening causes you to miss one or two Morning Page sessions, well, it’s not the end of the world.
Plus you have more time to think up (and enact) some really epic Artist Dates, should you wish.
The only downside to this plan is the fact that January is mostly dead and gone. (Much longer and I’ll be going through its pockets for loose change.)
But to change perspective: I’ve got just as much time as I would if I was doing it by weeks.
In any case, I’d better get on with it.
Stay tuned for developments – don’t let me weasel out of it again!