You Made It!

Welcome to day 5 of 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut!

You made it! Today is the last day.

How did your walk go yesterday? I need for you to think about it for a minute. What did you see that grabbed your attention? Did you take a picture of it?

I hope so.

Take that picture and look at it. I mean, really look at it. Why did you notice it? What is it?

Take that item and any/all associations in has for you and create something around it.

Cook.
Paint.
Write.
Draw.
Sculpt.
Sing.
Compose.
Play your instrument.

Whatever it is that you do that makes you you, do that.

Between your Idea Pocket, your notebook/journal, and your walking with intention (paying attention, looking for inspiration), you have three important tools to help you get out of any creative rut you find yourself in.

If you participated in the challenge and used the hashtag #nocreativerut on Facebook or Instagram, you are entered in a drawing to win a Kindle copy of 80 Creativity Tips or a scholarship to 40 Days of Creativity.

Happy creating!

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You’re Halfway There

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.

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Hooray! You Got Started!

Welcome to Day 2 of 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut!

Yesterday, you made your Idea Pocket. Today, you’re going to fill it.

Unless you’ve used a box or a big envelop, you want to keep your items small. Some suggestions of things to include in your Idea Pocket are:

  • Rocks.
  • Beads.
  • Paperclips.
  • Keys.
  • Coins.
  • Ticket stubs.
  • Tea bag tags.
  • Price tags.
  • Pictures.
  • Shells.

The list could go on, but you get the idea.

Ha. Idea. Idea Pocket. That wasn’t intentional, but after I noticed it, I wasn’t going to take it out.

I suggest that you put at least 10 items in your Idea Pocket. Share what you put in yours with us on Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget the hashtag #nocreativerut.

Join the Facebook group too!

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Oops!

I made two mistakes.

First, on Tuesday, I did a book spotlight for a book that’s already been promoted and free. I can’t do that one again until 90 days have passed.

Second, today, I almost forgot to do a blog post. With the way today has gone, I thought about not doing one at all, but here I am.

I wanted to take this time to remind you about the challenge that’s starting Monday.  5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut.

I’ll post information here Sunday night and invite you to the Facebook group. If you want to participate and cheer each other on, that would be the place to do it in addition to posting on Facebook and Instagram.

With that in mind, I want to show you the challenge image again. 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut

I like participating in challenges. Do you? I decided to create a challenge to introduce us to each other before the 40 Days of Creativity course starts later this month.

So what is this challenge?

It’s 5 days to get out of a creative rut. I know we all get stuck in them once in a while. It’s time we got ourselves out of it.

There’s two things I want to share with you. The first is a video I did on Facebook live yesterday.

The second is a graphic that will be posted on Instagram Stories later today. I didn’t put the start date on it because I intend to reuse it when I run this challenge again. In this case, the challenge starts Monday, November 12. You can post on Instagram, Facebook, or even in the JNO Creativity Challenges Facebook Group.

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Making Plans

Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com

I’ve heard it said that a goal is a dream with a deadline. That deadline involves making plans.

In the past, I’ve made plans, but I’ve only halfway followed them.

That is changing.

A few weeks ago, I heard about this thing called a planathon. It’s actually a Facebook group/virtual conference. And it is amazing! Check out The Planathon for more information. It’s hosted by Amber McCue and she does a fabulous job!

Have you ever been in the middle of something and realized it has the potential to be life-changing? Yeah. That. It’s kind of heady.

There’s one day left of it and then a workshop on Tuesday to wrap it up. It’s intense! I’m making plans. I’m already implementing some of them. And I’m excited about what’s coming next. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

By the way, if you’ve looked at the information about 40 Days of Creativity, you’ve already seen one part of the plans implemented.

My Credentials

jen1It has been implied recently that I am not a “real” writer because I am not “serious” about my career. I’m not naming names or anything like it. That is counterproductive to what I am doing here.

It is true that I don’t brag and send out press releases every time I have something going on. That’s my fault. And that will change. But for now, here is a list of–well–a lot.

I have over 20 years of experience in writing for publication. My work has appeared in WritingforDollars.com (unfortunately now out of publication), Writers JOURNAL, Ada Evening News in the main paper (series on meth in Ada) and in the annual Progress Edition, Ada Hub Magazine, Ada Magazine, 4HEALTH Magazine, World Of Myth Magazine, and the OWFI Report (a column of website reviews and Internet-based tools for writers that ran for five years). Articles have also appeared on eHow.com and Demand Studios.

I am a hybrid author, meaning I have been traditionally and independently published. I have two novels and three short stories out under the pen name Kat O’Reilly. I have a series of short ebooks (currently three titles have been released with more to come), a book of devotions, a book about Twitter, books about creativity, and books about planning. Currently, I am working with The Wild Rose Press toward the publication of a paranormal/mystery novel, which is the first in a trilogy.

The complete list of my titles is:

Devoted to Creating: Igniting the Creative Spark in Everyone (currently out of print)
Get “Twitter”pated: A Writer’s Handbook to Twitter
Windsong & Other Poems
80 Creativity Tips
Create Your Own DIY Planner
Project Planner for Creatives
8 Patterns to Crochet
Journal Your Way to Creativity

JEN Enterprises Presents:
Why You Need a Writing Practice
BOP Your Way Through Writer’s Block
3 Keys to the Kingdom

Written as Kat O’Reilly:
Navajo Rose
Kiernan’s Curse
“They Call Me Malak”
“This Is Your Karma”
“Sex, Politics, & Vampires”

My articles, novels, and poems have won various awards. I have been a writer-in-residence on several occasions at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs. I have presented at conferences, civic organizations, and even this group. I have served as a contest judge for OKRWA (the Oklahoma chapter of RWA – Romance Writers of America) and OWFI. I have served in numerous volunteer positions within OWFI, including as 1st and 2nd Vice-President. If you are unfamiliar with the OWFI organization, the 1st VP is the person in charge of the contest.

I do not present any of this to put-down or disparage anyone. I mention it only to correct the implication that I am not “serious” about my career.