Spring Cleaning for the Creative Life: The Third ‘R’-Rededicate
Posted June 8, 2015on:
Dedicate v. 1. To set apart for a special use. 2 To commit (oneself) to a course of action. 3. To address or inscribe (e.g., a literary work) to someone. (Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary, 2nd ed.)
Spring possibilities are about to cede to summer pleasures. I’ve been ruminating on the importance of spring cleaning for your creating life and have covered the first two steps—reassessment and reorganization. The third step is the most powerful one—rededication. To rededicate ourselves to something we deem as special in our lives strengthens and amplifies our commitment.
Rededicating ourselves to our creative life sends a joyful message to our ‘Creative Self’. Our Creative Self loves to be wooed. Its language includes ritual, ceremony and demonstrative acts of appreciation.
What aspects of the creative life would you like to rededicate yourself to as you move into summer’s rhythms?
Here are some to consider:
I rededicate myself to knowing that my creative work will matter to someone, so I must finish it.
I rededicate myself to owning my creative impulses, even in the face of naysayers and saboteurs.
I rededicate myself to claiming my creativity despite bouts of envy, doubt and fatigue.
I rededicate myself to curtailing the diet of my inner critics, who feed on fear, and instead nourish my Creative Self with periods of rest and play.
I rededicate myself to appreciating my Creative Self’s firework moments and subtle whispers.
I rededicate myself to taking incremental steps to finish my creative projects.
I rededicate myself to looking for support, for my creative work, in new ways. [i.e. critique groups, mastermind groups, creative buddies, mentors, etc.]
Here are some aspects of the writing life that I’m rededicating myself to between now and fall:
I rededicate myself to sending more of my work to professionally paying venues. [I am aiming for paying semi-pro and professional speculative fiction magazines.]
I rededicate myself to naps, a restful schedule, and daydreaming, all of which nourishes my Creative Self.
I rededicate myself to cultivating time for reading.
I rededicate myself to remembering that I am here to seduce and delight the reader.
I rededicate myself to finding ways to make writing fun and feel like a game.
[I discovered word sprints during last year’s NaNoWriMo. I find them to be so fun. How many words can you type in 10 or 20 minutes? Last November, I wrote 7,000 words in about 5 hours using timed sprints (100 words=10 minutes, 200 words=10 minutes (2x), 300 words=20 minutes, 100 words=10 minutes…at the end of an hour, you may have written anywhere from 700-1,000 words). This works very well for messy first drafts.]
I rededicate myself to looking at revision as a way to honor my writing by keeping the right words and setting the rest free for another day.
I rededicate myself to spending time honing my social media presence.