After a weekend of frenzy and fear from the threat of destruction from Hurricane Irene, I am feeling a little drained and so is my muse. Muse and I are both feeling like it is time to be rejuvenated using tools a la one of my favorite how-to authors, Julia Cameron this coming holiday weekend. You may be familiar with one of Cameron’s popular self-help books called “The Artist’s Way.” This book was written with the intent of helping the artist live a creative life by being open to receiving creative inspiration. The tools she encourages writers use are: to write three pages of free writing every morning or “Morning Pages” in order to retrieve creativity and to keep “The Artist Date.” With “Morning Pages” is the way that you notify yourself of your intentions while the “Artist Date” allows you to receive inspiration and guidance.
The “Artist Date” a la Cameron is a block of time when you give your inner artist time for a play date. It is a time where you, as Julia says, “fill the well and stock the pond.” To do this the artist must feed his brain images that must be reached by using the senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. This serves to nourish the writer within using repetitive actions. Laura Esquivel who wrote “Like Water For Chocolate” says that the idea for the book came to her “while she was cooking the recipes of her mother and grandmother.”
Like Esquivel one way that I try to “Stock the Pond” by cooking and this Labor Day weekend is the best time for me to use some grilling recipes that I enjoy eating, cooking and sharing. What do you do to “Stock the Pond” and “Fill the Well.”