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04 Nov / Take an Artist Date

Being a self-employed writer means you have the joy of making your own schedule, wearing whatever you want, only taking assignments that you enjoy and working from home. It also means you often don’t turn off your computer until 10pm, only to wake up at 2am thinking about work.

While I don’t advocate working 24/7, often, it can happen before you know it. And then, again, before you know it, you’re struggling to write even the simplest of pieces, convinced that your creativity has left, never to return.

Thus, the importance of artist dates. I first learned about them in Julia Cameron’s amazing book (which if you haven’t read, you must do so soon!), The Artist’s Way.

An artist date is your time to get in touch with your creativity, in whatever way you would like. For me, this translated into seeing the racy play, Cabaret, starring Portland’s Storm Large, going to watch Jim Gaffigan perform (hilarious comedian – a must-see!), reading trashy tabloids at Barnes & Noble and window shopping at a variety of high-priced retailers.

So, as you can see, an artist’s date is simply taking time out for whatever inspires you. Even if it’s only for a brief amount of time – like the 15 minutes I spent reading about Britney Spears latest drama or browsing through aisles of five-inch stiletto heels. I then return to my computer – refreshed, excited and with plenty to say.

Do you have a favorite artist date? Do tell!
With love,
Heather

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