Thoughts on Creativity, Writing, & Content
Starting off the week with a prompt – whether from me or some other source – can seem daunting at first. Once you make it into a regular practice, though, you’ll find that it’s actually very freeing. Giving yourself permission to be creative before anything else is also very empowering. It can put you in the right frame of mind to tackle whatever the week throws at you.read more
Exploring your creativity is a practice, not a one-time fix. You can’t just go to a creativity seminar and come back a “certified creative.” You have to put what you learned into practice, preferably daily practice. That can be a daunting proposition for many of us....read more
Ready for a prompt to kick your imagination off for the week? Call it a writing prompt, and art prompt, a “I can be creative, really I can” prompt.
Disengage your inner critic. Sit down with a blank page, screen, canvas, or whatever works for you. Just make something NOW.read more
It’s time for this week’s creativity prompt. It’s designed to get your imagination running (or at least wake it up so it crawls out of bed).
Remember, you are free to do whatever you want with this prompt. Use it to start a short story or essay or written journal entry. Draw, paint or otherwise visually depict the prompt. Compose a short piece of music or a dance — or free dance to a short piece of music that you wrote. Turn it into a performance piece and show it to your dog if that’s where your imagination leads.read more
We all have a creative or imaginative self. We just need to unlock it — or unblock it if it’s been repressed, ignored, or simply overwhelmed.
Every Monday I’ll provide a “blank page prompt” so you can start your week off with a simple creative exercise. Take the prompt below and do what you will: write a poem, journal, draw, paint, collage, sculpt, write in chalk on the driveway if that’s what it takes.read more
We all make up stories in our heads. For many of us the predominant stories about creativity are negative ones. We need to give ourselves permission to ignore those stories and embrace creative action.read more
Goals, dreams, plans, resolutions and the like all require a level of discipline, focus, and, some say, will power, in order to achieve them. With goals and dreams, luck and talent may play a role as well. Someone who is lucky might stumble into opportunities that people with discipline will miss. With enough inherent talent (artistic, academic, physical, etc.) it may require less effort for to achieve resolutions and goals.
If the pursuit is something that will require discipline, diligence, and, yes, will power, then commitment is imperative. Without it, it will be so much harder to persevere with the effort needed to reach the pot of gold.read more
This is the last in the series from the 2005 blog. The purpose of the blog was to make me write every day, though I failed to maintain it. Several of the posts explored the creative process — and my creative process in particular. I’m sharing them here in a “blast from the past” series.
Today’s post was originally published on May 31, 2005read more
One more post from the blog I kept in 2005. The goal was to write every day, sometimes twice a day. Several of the posts explored the creative process — and my creative process in particular. I’m sharing them here in a “blast from the past” series.
Today’s post was originally published on May 30, 2005 (evening)read more