If you were at Creativity Camp in February, you enjoyed the ancient Chinese martial art qi gong, taught by our friend and qi gong master, Barbara Evans-Levine. One of the things we teach at Creativity Camp is the importance of being grounded, creating ritual, and making a solid connection to your crazy creative muse before you settle in for a sprint of writing. That’s one reason we enjoy a moving meditation every morning at Camp: to get out of our busy brains and get our blood pumping. We want to give a shout out to Barbara and encourage you to learn more about qi gong here. If you’re in the Tucson area, you can catch a live class with Barbara but, if not, she has a wonderful DVD of her qi gong class for sale on her website. No matter what you do, make sure to move your lovely body in a way that connects you to your Creative Spark and allows your words to flow across the page.
Every evening we gathered around a warm, crackling fire to read and write scary stories. Now, you can imagine how quickly this devolved into silliness and belly laughs! But here’s the thing, when you’re trying to tap into your creativity, you want to get into that zone of silly joy and irreverent creativity. So, in the spirit of Creativity Camp, here’s Pamela’s impromptu scary story –
Pamela here, and I make a lot of handwritten notes. Both in my law practice and in my writing life, I am always jotting this, taking notes on that, musing about whatever, and doing Morning Pages. And then I have to figure out what to do with all those notes scribbled on Post-its, the backs of envelopes, Moleskines, spiral notebooks, and, well, you get it.