A brilliant and prolific writer
By Richard Axtell
Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way
How is it working so far?
I am still on Week 1. I only have 1 more day of this week. So far I have started every day with a set of ‘morning pages’ – a freewrite on a piece of a paper which you finish with positive affirmations and then put away. I have looked back through my life and identified ‘bad guys’ who might have shaped my negative attitude towards my art. I have also identified my ‘champions’ – people in my life who have supported me as an artist. I have written a lot of positive affirmations. So many. Mountains of positivity have been piled on my head.
The positive affirmations, actually, might be the hardest part. You feel a bit of a fool writing ‘I, Richard Axtell, am a brilliant and prolific writer’ 10 times in a row every day. I am not one for complimenting myself and every positive affirmation was accompanied initially with an eye roll. But here on day 6 I am starting to see the positive outcomes of these statements. I am more willing to experiment with my words. I am more willing to give myself space to write.
Also, I think the biggest proof that something might be happening is that I am here writing this blog post! Look at all these words!
Week 2 is next. Then Week 3, then Week 4… I am not going to stop. If there has been this much improvement after Week 1 something is clearly working.
I’m on my way. The Artist’s Way. Hopefully when I reach the end, I can say goodbye to this block for good.