the artist's way collective: week 8 hub

October 20, 2008 | 6 Comments

Could it be possible that The Artist’s Way Collective is starting to draw near to the home stretch?

Today we being week 8 focusing on Recovering a Sense of Strength. Please share your thoughts in the comments below. (If you aren’t participating, feel free to share your reactions too.) If you are using your blog to process your experiences, please leave us a link.

  • Ted

    I am not sure if we have lost people since the start or if people are quietly carrying on. Either way, I am curious about those other than the few who are still commenting.

    At the risk of presuming too much, I think there are two reasons why people might not be appearing here, both of which are forms of shame.

    One is that you have not kept up with the book and feel bad about that, so you are not discussing it. That is a real loss because sharing that experience could be helpful for everyone. That seems to me to be precisely why doing this as part of a collective is a good thing.

    The other is the feeling that this is silly, a waste of time, “not for me”…, which to me is exactly what most of us are told implicitly or explicitly about creativity growing up, so not surprising to hear those voices here.

    I am sure there are other reasons, but my guess is these two are driving, even where the reason is that someone has “just dropped out.”

    Maybe part of my curiosity is because after a couple weeks of being a bit annoyed with working through the book, I am finding more clarity and more comfort with the process as we move into the homestretch.

    By the way, my apologies if I am taking up too much comment space, but this is the audience I was hoping to share my experience with, not the people I blog to, so I would rather comment directly here.

    Regardless of whether you comment or not, I hope things are going well for you.

  • John

    Thanks Ted,
    Your comments are helpful and thoughtful, and I don’t think you are taking up too much space by any means!

  • I am still plugging on with the book. I am behind schedule, having just read chapter 8 and started working on its tasks. Before I started I imagined that I would have tons to share and blog about through the process. However it has been a pretty rocky ride and though I have written 2 notebooks full of morning pages and afternoon pages and tasks every time I sit down to write something to share on my blog I freeze up and find something to distract myself. I have had little break-throughs and I think I am growing through this process, but overall I am still not giving myself the time or the energy to devote to creative outlets that I feel like I should and so yes, I guess at the core of my not posting we would find the shame Ted mentions above. Last night when doing the task that started, “In a perfect world, I would secretly love to be..” I completely surprised myself by not finishing the sentence with fine artist or illustrator or anything visual. This really got my own attention and I hope I can manage to write about it in a shareable form soon. Thanks Ted for at least getting me to feel like I should/could at least write something here.

  • John

    Glad to hear you are sticking with in Jennifer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • I’m still reading and writing and artist dating (and I really love it), although I fell off the wagon about a week ago and am a little behind. Just wanted y’all to know I’m here!

    Aannas last blog post..The Mystery of Service

  • I wrote a post for Week 8…

    Aannas last blog post..The Artist’s Way – Week 8