Thursday, December 29, 2011

10 Day Creative Bootcamp

I'm off work following Christmas for a week and a half and though I've lots of mundane things to do, my mine reason is to put some serious time and effort into my creative work. How to do that? Concentrate on one particular project? Well, that would be fine, but I'm not sure I've got one at the moment. Instead, I'm treating it as a 10 day creative "bootcamp" - to get my creative work into some kind of shape. Whether I'm doing new or old work, music or writing, I've set myself a few ground rules that take into account that I've still got to eat, drink, live, socialise etc. etc. whilst making some serious inroads into a range of creative projects.

Not too many rules as that would be counter-productive but here's what I've come up with....

1. Do something creative every day (music or writing - either is fine, but it should be related directly to my creative work, not this blog for instance!)
2. Finish the thing I am working on before starting something new (though this could be a phase e.g. finishing a first draft of a story, rather than the whole project)
3. I can do other things, like reading, housework, shopping, Facebook as long as it doesn't replace the creative stuff - and I need to mix things up a bit anyway, don't I?
4. New stuff is good, but getting old or half-finished stuff into shape is also good - and may well be the driver for the first few days.

I'll let you know how I get on.

1 comment:

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

I'm itching to get back to work and have some orderly thoughts in my head. It seems to be harder every year to clear the deck and start afresh, or look at old work kindly. Good luck with bootcamp and I suspect I will be following you soon - as soon as school holidays are over.
Ciao Catherine