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Creative Strength Training by Jane Dunnewold

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Mining Content

CROSS-TRAINING EXERCISE

What to Gather

favorite writing implement

something to write on (journal or loose paper)

Satisfying work may begin with content or may begin with processes you love. In the latter case, meaning arises as work unfolds. Either way is satisfying. Any artist can start from either place, based on intent and vision.

What Excites You

When a short list of topics excites you, a place to begin is never lacking. Here’s how to get started:

STEP 1: Think

What do you care about? You can think about it on your own or share ideas with a friend. Raise awareness by tuning in to the world. Visuals, radio, books—all provide clues.

STEP 2: Write

Try free association. Write “What do I care about?” at the top of a page and get ...

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