101 write to grow

masks 101/365 | year of creative habitsThere's one part of this project that has been very unexpected. I didn't plan for it and at first I hated it. I still hate it most of the time but have discovered just how important and valuable it is. In the beginning my plan was that I'd do my daily drawing and post it every day. I planned to do a weekly and monthly update. Then I began to realize...why have a blog if I'm only posting a photo of a drawing each day? I could do that on Instagram or Twitter. I'd gone to all the trouble of a blog and if I was really going to connect with people and create something worthwhile, I was going to need to post something other than a daily photo. I realized I'd have to write something every single day. I fumbled my way through that for at least a month before I had any real ideas about topics that were both interesting to me and readers. I'm beginning to gain some traction but many days I still fumble way way through it. Lately though, I've realized that writing about my process, my fears, my ideas, and my work has been a huge part of my growth. Writing requires me to really think about what I'm doing and put it into words.  I can do a little sketchbook drawing in the morning without putting much thought into it. That part of my day is really about not thinking, just drawing. But this part of my day requires really thinking about everything I'm doing. And the hardest part? If I'm not doing something, what will I write about? The more I work, the more photos I have to post, the more I have to think about, and the more I have to write about.

Now, writing out in the open on a blog about your process, fears, ideas, and artwork might not be for everyone. I get that.  But it has been such a valuable experience for me that I would urge you to start writing about your creative habits in your notebook. Don't just put ideas and your to-do's in there. Write about your fears. Write about connections you see, who you admire, your failures, your process, quotes you find that relate to your work, anything and everything. It's not easy, so baby steps at first. Soon, I think you'll find that the writing gives you clarity with your artwork and helps you find your path to what is next.