My final book for 2011 was Creative Time and Space by Ricë Freeman-Zachary. When I selected this book, I thought it would have a lot of tips and techniques for scheduling my time and designing my creative space. What it actually addressed were: (1) my beliefs about time, (2) my priorities, (3) my thoughts on scheduling time, (4) what to do when I’m in a dry spell (no ideas) or (5) in a rut (same ideas), (6) how much mental space I allow creativity, (7) how I nurture my creativity, (8) the physical space where I work and create, (9) the rituals that enhance my work and (10) taking time away from my work in a manner that supports my creative spirit and future work.
This book was more contemplative than I thought it would be. As often happens, when asked to really reflect on something, I find that what I believe is actually different from what I think I believe. This book expanded my concept of what being “creative” means, and made it clear to me that I am spending more time thinking about being creative than actually being creative.
As I move into 2012, I plan to spend more time playing, experimenting and creating. For me, 2011 was a time to “study” the concept of creativity and reconnect with my creative spirit; 2012 will be a year to get in the studio, get my hands dirty and have FUN!