I’ve been working on this post for a while. I wanted to get through this book with a full understanding of how I felt, and also I really felt like it was just right for where I was creatively. Feeling blocked and not sure how to move forward. Procrastinating and just collecting fabric with good intentions but not reaching them. I feel like I have had a little break through, and I wanted to share the process with you.
Kim does an amazing job of connecting with us as creative readers. I really believe that this book can be useful to more than just the creatives that it is geared towards. The exercises challenge you to dig deep and gather all of your demons and then tell them off.
I decided to share my demons with you. These are my softest points, my sensitivities and I would ask that you be kind to me.
Even though I had to go through these angry voices and think about what I didn’t want to think about, I also got to give myself praise in as many ways as I could come up with. You get these too!!
and then, rounding those up into what they really meant, a list of happy thoughts to shoo the negativity to the side when needed.
Although this sounds like a self help book, this is really just the warm up to breaking through to your creative mastermind. The first real craft exercise is to make something as ugly as you can. I thought about this for a long time, and I sat down to make an ugly thing. I don’t think she’s all that ugly though… but I am not done with her yet. In the beginning, I picked an ugly color and set about making a sad picasso face. But I think she’s looking a little pop art meets edward munch.
Kim will be at Powell’s in Portland tomorrow night for a book singing/reading. I wish I could go, but I definitely think you should! I am excited to get home and work on some new ideas I have, as a result of really thinking about the things that slow me down and the thoughts that speed me up. separating them and working towards understanding them has helped breakdown my block.