Book Club Review

6 Jul

We finished reading our book club selection Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh. Have I said how much I enjoy her writing? She is funny, witty, clever, and insightful. What else could you want?

Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh

Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh

Our discussion centered on a few points.

  • We create our own obstacles (does that make us creative).
  • Reaching out to people we need to know.
  • Awareness of what is going on.

Creating obstacles seems to be something that we do quite well. Finding those things that distract us. Thinking we aren’t good enough. Comparing ourselves to others. Thinking we need the next best something or other in order to finish. The list goes on and on. I’m sure you recognize yourself in there somewhere. So once you know you are creating obstacles – then you can stop doing it!

The chapter about sitting down to write had great tips! Of course it applies to any endeavor you are undertaking. Whether you are painting, sewing, making jewelry, composing music, or writing short stories. Just do the work!!!

Here are Patti’s pointers:

  1. Don’t set out to write a book.
  2. Sit the hell down and write.
  3. Write to write.
  4. Long to say something.
  5. Name the direction of your intention.
  6. Ignore everybody.
  7. The writing is everything.
  8. Shut up about ideal conditions.
  9. Don’t believe the hype.
  10. Read more.
  11. Don’t take one more class.
  12. Make do with the pen you have.

See what I mean about creating our own obstacles? Every thing on this list can be an obstacle to actually getting the work done!

Reaching out to people we need to know. Don’t be afraid to call someone and tell them you admire them or respect them. Don’t be afraid to ask for something you need. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to give of yourself too. You have something to offer as well.

Just pay attention and be more aware of all that is going on around you. Notice what is happening in your life. Notice the little things just as much as the big things. What makes you happy? What makes your heart sing? What makes your life complete? Find those things and embrace them!

I absolutely loved the chapter about licking the art – I actually wrote about it in last week’s newsletter. The idea is that you love a piece of art (music, sculpture, painting, etc) so much that you want to get as close as you can get to it – so close that the next logical step in your experience would be to lick the painting. Amazing! What piece of art do you love so much that you might actually want to lick it?

The entire book is full of wonderful stories and great quotes and interesting exercises.

Our next book is Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit – Learn it & Use it For Life.  


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