BlogHer Book Club took a bit of a detour this month, having reviewers try out a program meant to inspire creativity instead of reading the results of someone else’s hard work. This program: My Artist’s Way Toolkit. Existing as both a website and an app for iPhone and iPad, it’s meant to get your creative juices flowing and encourage you to tap into the best you have to offer.
While I loved the idea of this program, I had a hard time keeping up with the requirements of it. Morning pages–3 pages of hand-written, free-flow writing about anything that comes to mind–proved to be nearly impossible to carry out on a daily basis, what with 2 kids, trying to secure a new home for my family, working full-time, and all the other distractions tugging at my attention every day. The Artist’s Weekly Date–an assignment to get you out of your normal element and thinking differently about everyday stuff–is a proven method. I’ve used it before with fantastic results. But again, I found it hard to actually make the time for it. And then I felt badly about not making the time for it. I wish I had gotten more out of the program, but I didn’t have more to give to it, either.
I think My Artist’s Way Toolkit is a great program for someone who is seriously dedicated to cultivating his/her creativity and taking it to the next level. The app makes it easy to take the plan on the road, and the guided exercises give you something to work with so you’re not floundering for ideas. Daily morning pages are actually a great way to open yourself up and let it all out–I found this to be true in a Creative Writing course I took nearly 2 years ago, but have unfortunately had a problem keeping up with this ever since. The exercises, Creative Pages, and Creative Notes help you blossom further and organize your thoughts. But you better plan on making the time commitment, too, to get the most out of My Artist’s Way Toolkit. This requires a serious intention to develop yourself as a writer. Otherwise, you’re just dabbling and it doesn’t really get you anywhere, I’m afraid. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to someone looking to go to the next level–but you must understand that you get out of it what you put into it.
Please join in the conversation on My Artist’s Way Toolkit at BlogHer Book Club! See what others thought about the program and you can find out more information about it, too.
Disclosure: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone, based upon my personal experience. While I received a complimentary 3-month subscription to My Artist’s Way Toolkit from the BlogHer Book Club, which was used to write this review, as well as monetary compensation, there was no requirement for a positive review.