About five-and-a-half years ago, I was sharing an old-printing-factory-building-turned-artist-studio in East Osaka with a jewelry maker, a glass maker, and two candlemakers.
I was the resident beatmaker. I even made some beats based, in part, on found sounds around the building. I spent my days in and around that building for maybe two years, before going off to create a new shared space in central Osaka, this time with a life coach and a carpenter.
I'm not huge on routine but at the beginning of my time at that workspace in East Osaka (we called it Ponte M), I thought I could benefit from a bit more structure in my life. Somewhere on the internet I came across a book called The Artist's Way that seemed to be well-loved, so I put it on my Kindle and went through the 6- or 12-week course outlined in the book.
The biggest takeaway for me was a practice called the Morning Pages. In the years since I read that book, the Morning Pages have become an inextricable part of my life. (I won't reexplain the practice here, but if you're interested, it's worth looking up.)
This past weekend, I was able to attend a workshop taught by the author of The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron, here in NYC. It was a powerful experience, and one that the me sitting East Osaka wouldn't have thought possible at the time. I'm deeply grateful for that, just as I am for the time I got to spend in that dusty factory in Osaka with other makers.
Many people at the workshop this weekend had the same questions I did about the practice. I went in with the question Am I doing the Morning Pages correctly? I left with the answer You already know the answer to that.