Art Habit part 1

I’m making a commitment to write more. Partially so my writing gets better but also because I’m working on a book. I’ve mentioned Art Habit once or twice before but this is my first public commitment to making it work. has 3 challenges on her blog, one of them is a challenge to write 500 words a day. When I’m focused on writing I can easily churn out 1500 words in an evening. When I’m not focused I write nothing. Goal setting is supposed to be good for success so I’m setting a 500 words  a day goal. Will I keep it? Who knows. I hope so. I suspect it’ll be an easy goal as 500 words is just a few paragraphs and about a decent blog post.

I can never keep to NaNoWriMo as it’s the busiest month of the year in my retail job. I’ve signed up nearly every year and failed every year. This year was no exception. I started and I’ve got about 10 to 15,000 words of Art Habit written. I’ve got another 10,000 or so stewing in my head and in various manners in various journals and I’ve given myself a commitment that in 2011 I WILL finish Art Habit. It WILL go into publication in 2012. That is my commitment to myself. This is something I’ve been working on for years, it’s been stewing in the back of my mind since 1998. Every year I’ve given up on it, put it further and further to the back of my mind and told myself that it can’t, won’t, and shouldn’t happen.

This is the effing year I MAKE it happen. This is the year I’m taking a sabbatical from my DayJob, working on an art show, a book, my blog and all the stuff that is important to me.

So let me tell you a little bit about Art Habit. It’s about making and keeping an Art Habit, how I’ve managed the screw up my Art Habit over the years, how I’ve shot myself in the foot, repeatedly year after year, and how I finally found my niche, my place and the ability to keep my Art Habit alive and strong. It’s my story, with some questions in there for the journaler and artist. It’s an exploration and I’m inviting you along to see what has worked and what hasn’t worked. It’s poignant and heartfelt. I’m going to let it all hang out and see what happens. Honesty is good. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the story.

I plan on sharing excerpts as I write here on my blog, I invite you to share with me, in the comments, your thoughts, feelings and stories. I invite you to share with your friends my words via your blog. I want you to muse on my writing in your journal. This is a personal journey I’m sharing but I’m inviting you along.

I can tell 2011 is going to be a spectacular year.

(there is post was 496 words.)


  • Fantastic – here’s to achieving your goals in 2011!

  • Can’t wait, Less. I have always wanted to get into a better “Art Habit” but like you, my day job kills it. I am possibly looking at surgery soon on my neck as I have no disc’s left and can barely turn my head any more. If that happens I will be off work for at least 6 weeks or more. As I begin to heal and get to feeling better, I will actually have time to work on my art journaling more and work at getting into an art habit before I have to return to work. can’t wait to see what you have come up with. Thanx.

  • I am one of those people that detests New Years Resolutions but I adore goals. We all need goals to stretch and reach for and there is no better time than with the beginning of a brand new year, a fresh year. I wish you the very best in the sparkling new year and may the words flow like wine.
    Peace & Love,

  • @kel thanks! May you achieve all your goals for 2011!

  • @sharon I had always thought that my private musings on  the art habit were trite and not very informational. Ive changed my thinking as I read blogs about the art habit and the more I write on the subject the more people react. So I supect a book might be more interesting than Ive though in the past.

  • @Barb Im with you resolutions stink, I never live up to them BUT if I set attainable goals for myself, I can stick to them. 500 words? a piece of cake!

  • Kimette Beere

    Hey Leslie, I am waiting for your book to arrive in my mailbox. I think you are incredible, skilled, and have a mind that is open, honest and thoughtful. Did I mention how smart you are………………put all that into a book so that others like myself can learn and grow, what’s not to love about that. I have taken one of your classes and intend on taking more. 2011 is going to be great!

  • @Kimette Thanks for the kind words! I cant wait to see what 2011 has in store for all of us!