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Good Morning 🙂 ….OMG I’ve hit the Illumination Phase of the Creative Process


While working on a project sometimes your original ideas shift and new ones emerge, this is called the Illumination Phase of the creative process, which I discuss at length in my blog post Pearls of Wisdom: Breaking Down the Creative Process. This has been happening to me as I’ve been working on writing a guided illustrated journal. I’ve found that I feel more passionate about drawing illustrations and writing poems to help myself and others connect with and embrace their inner magic. This is something that I talk about frequently here on the blog. Its something that inspires me helps me connect with my own inner magic.

It’s important to understand and accept that it’s definitely ok to change directions when working on a project, or even in life because sometimes the picture isn’t crystal clear at the beginning of your journey. It’s only natural that things shift direction as things unfold and take you in the direction of what’s meant to be. When things aren’t going quite as you originally expected in your daily journey embrace the change. Listen to your inner voice, if you let it, it’ll guide in the direction you’re meant to go, and the end destination will be far more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.

That’s why I’ve decided to take the illustrated guided journal that I was working on, in a new direction. I feel like my inner voice is directing me to a path that will lead to an illustrated book of poems. I’m happy to say that I feel this is more in alignment with my inner truth. While I love journaling and believe that it holds wonderful value for one’s daily life, part of it felt a little forced. I kept feeling like it shouldn’t be this hard, I wasn’t resisting, it just didn’t feel quite right. However, recently poetry and inspirational quotes seem to be flowing easily in alignment with my art. It’s a path that excites me and I feel others will also relate to and gain inspiration from.

“An electric current of happiness coursed through me and crash landed as a swirl of butterflies in the pit of my stomach.”

This quote from the novel I’m writing definitely describes the excitement I’m feeling regarding the projection of both my novel and illustrated book of poetry. The plans I had for my novel may also have shifted into a slightly different, but super exciting path. I’ve always loved Hallmark’s romance movies and I’ve been using their movies for research for my romantic novels on how to set up my scenes, settings, and the way I want my characters to project themselves. As I’ve been writing my novel and watching more and more of the Hallmark movies, I couldn’t help thinking my novel would make a cute Hallmark romance movie. So, as I tend to do, I googled it came to find that Hallmark is currently taking romance novel submissions through September 3rd.

I’ve decided it’s an opportunity too perfect, to not at least try very hard for. Therefore, I’m working more vigorously on finish my novel right now to try to reach the submission deadline on time. I’ve calculated that if I write roughly 3.5 pages per day, I could more than meet the deadline on time. I’ve learned that when there is pressure applied to my writing it adds a sense of urgency (the college days of being a dual major in English Literature and Psychology required a ton of writing which was definitely good practice for working under pressure). The adventure has begun and I’m excited to see where it leads.

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The Creative Process: The Illumination Phase


Hello, my rays of sunshine! I’m Jenna Gee, aka the Sunshine Artist, always seeking to brighten the world around me and seeking to help others embrace the magic that’s inside them. Every day is an empty canvas waiting to be painted and an empty page waiting to be written. Let’s fill today with the magic of the world around us!

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