If you feel stuck in your life or your art, few jumpstarts are more effective than a week of reading deprivation.
No reading? That’s right: no reading. For most artists, words are like tiny tranquilizers…We often cannot hear our inner voice, the voice of our artist’s inspiration, above the static…
If we monitor the inflow and keep it to a minimum, we will be rewarded for our reading deprivation with embarrassing speed. Our reward will be a new outflow. Our own art, our own thoughts and feelings, will begin to nudge aside the sludge of blockage, to loosen it and move it upward and outward until once again our well is running freely.
from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This is my notification to my followers. I’m going to do this. I’ve got four beginnings of Megamind stories sitting on my hard drive and various other material rattling around in my head, none of it filling out into anything postable. So I’m going to do the reading fast for at least a week. Long enough to finish at least one thing. That means I will not be on tumblr at all.
This will not be a total reading fast. More like, as Julia says, monitoring the inflow and keeping it to a minimum. I will read mail (both e- and snail-) and respond to it. I will read recipes for food that I am actually going to make and instructions for household repairs and improvements I’m actually going to do. I will reread unfinished stories that I am actually working on. That’s it.
When I’m done, I’ll let y’all know how it went.