Today is Day 3 of 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut. You’ve been introduced to the concept of the Idea Pocket. You’ve collected some items to include in it.
Now it’s time to use it.
Today, you need a pen and notebook and your Idea Pocket. Sit down, open your notebook, and take a breath. Pick up your Idea Pocket and pull something out.
Don’t pick and choose. Pull out the first thing you touch.
What is it?
Today, I would like for you to journal about it. Write a poem, an essay, a freewrite that might turn out to be nothing (a note about that in a minute). Sketch, color, scribble.
It doesn’t matter what you do.
Just do something.
Do it for 10-15 minutes.
At a later point, you might decide to cook something based on what you take out of your Idea Pocket. You might want to get out some watercolors and paint. Or you might decide to go for longer than 15 minutes. For now, journal, whether that takes the form of sketching, coloring, scribbling, or writing.
Remember what I said about “even if it turns out to be nothing”?
The important thing here is that you do this as a practice. As a way of learning to get in touch with your creativity. THAT is the purpose. That is the “thing” it is “supposed to be.”
It is what it is. If it helps you in any way, so much the better.
After you’re finished, either put your item back in your Idea Pocket or (preferred) put something new in and discard the thing you just used. Unless it’s some kind of memento that you want to keep.
Tomorrow we’ll go a little deeper.