Tonight my Artist's Way class (led by the ridiculously talented and beautiful, Caroline O'Brien) discussed risks and the fact that we don't take creative risks because we want to be guaranteed a positive outcome.
Julia Cameron, in Finding Water, writes, "We think that risks have to be large and noteworthy. We want a payoff in terms of our career. In order to free up our creativity, we need to be able to do some creativity for free,that is, with no guaranteed outcome. We need to practice some creativity that is not goal-oriented. Put simply, we need to let ourselves play."
Ears perking up? Good.
So what small creative risks will you allow yourself to pursue this week?
Grab a pen and scribble the five tiny risks you will take towards playing.
I'll share mine. Perhaps that will get you going ...
1. Paint my toes bright blue
2. Write a blog post in voice of my character
3. Bake my favorite childhood cake: chocolate with chocolate fudge frosting
4. Write a blog post about taking creative risks (check!)
5. I will spend time at a children's book store for the pure joy of it
Yah you do.
Play your heart out and post any risks you took.
"It is making of art, not the reception of your art that makes you an artist"