As a professor teaching in the performing arts, I do a fair amount of research into creative practice and process, and while it’s referred to by many names, almost all descriptions of best practices include something that Carol Lloyd describes, in her excellent book Creating a Life Worth Living, as a Daily Action.
Simply put, it’s 10-15 minutes a day of creativity for creation’s sake focused on process rather than product. In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron suggests her now famous ‘morning pages’—3 pages of journaling written upon waking. Twyla Tharp in her book, The Creative Habit, describes in detail her morning ritual of getting dressed, having her doorman hail her a cab, and heading to the gym where she comes up with ideas as she stretches.
Do you have a daily action? Is it working for you? Are you interested in having one and need some suggestions? I’m happy to help. My action tends to be connected with a commitment to do one thing every day for a year—last year I tanscribed text into international phonetic alphabet every day (I teach IPA) and currently, I’m writing a letter a day.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about your own creative practice/process.