Spend Your Creative Energy Wisely

Many things have been draining my energy this week. I think Julia Cameron can express what I want to say better than I can at the moment:

All actions require creative energy. As artists, we must learn to think of our energy the way a person thinks about money—am I spending my energy wisely here, investing in this person, this situation, this use of my time?

As a rule, artists are temperamentally generous, even spendthrift. This natural inclination must be consciously monitored. An artist must return enough to the inner well to feel a sense of well-being.

From The Artist’s Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living

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6 Responses to “Spend Your Creative Energy Wisely”


  1. 1 amkuska August 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I wrote a post not too long ago about this entitled, “How strong is your Creative Muscle” or some such similar thing. I think of it like I think of working out. Too much and you’re sore, too little and you’re flabby!

  2. 2 K a b l o o e y August 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Smart, smart Julie Cameron. Sometimes she gets a little granola-y for me, but she knows what she’s talking about. Hope your energy gets more consciously monitored in the near future. And hope everything’s OK.

  3. 3 stranglingmymuse August 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    amkuska, that’s a great metaphor!

    Kablooey, I agree about Julia Cameron. Everything’s okay, just big and small life events this week leaving me stressed and sad…

    ~Sandy

  4. 4 Susan @ 2KoP August 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I’m a creative energy spendthrift, tossing it around like I have a limitless supply. It’s a bad habit. I tried to address it in this post, called the Power of No. Don’t think I’ve learned my lesson, though.

    • 5 stranglingmymuse August 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      Great post, Susan. I like the way you link saying No as a mom with saying No as an adult in various situations! It’s definitely a tough lesson to learn…

      ~Sandy

  5. 6 gjergj shoshi May 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    in a oriental state like ours (albania) .creative energy is limited because of mentality and because there is no state.
    there is no green space,oxigen and a lot of fields are covered from unnecessary buildings with no roofs and the man is to small to change the reality. I can say that this state don’t work since 1974 !private property ?!


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