Last summer I wrote a very well-recieved article called How the Morning Pages Ritual Changed my Life.
If you haven’t read it, make sure you do before continuing with this one because the Morning Pages form the base of what you will do on your Artist date.
Both of these strategies come from the excellent book The Artists Way that I highly recommend for any creative person who is struggling to find a way to launch.
If the Morning Pages are you transmitting information to the Universe, the Artist Date is the Universe communicating with you.
You take yourself out somewhere for a few hours, and make sure you go ALONE.
The point is to nurture your inner-self without any distractions from others.
The date could take place anywhere but I tend to get the most out of it when I’m surrounded by Nature.
Since I live in the city, many of my dates take place while wandering through a new neighborhood, at a museum or art gallery (I find sculpture gardens to be very effective), or a long walk in a Park.
As long as you are somewhere that interests you, and you don’t feel like you are on a mission, you have picked the right place.
You want an environment that intrigues you and allows your mind to be fed.
The creative brain responds well to stimulation of the senses, and language that comes from the very real place of felt experience.
While on your Artist date, you should have the strongest themes from your Morning Pages writings in mind.
Here is the place to reflect on them, let the ideas flow, and play with them.
Make sure to ignore any thoughts about work, unnecessary stress, politics, Twitter, or things out of your control.
You are refilling yourself with inspiration and stocking up your creative reservoir.
Enjoy this time alone, soak in it, and allow the surroundings to speak to you.
If done correctly, the Artist date can be another powerful tool for you to improve your life.
Photography is a perfect way to get the most out of your environment. I explain the how and why behind this in a chapter called “The Camera is a Tool to Build Yourself” in Camera Game.
Check it out here.