#morecreativitychallenge Day 2

Day 2 is about knowing what’s in your toolbox. It doesn’t have to be a physical toolbox. You do need to know what’s in it, though.

For example, as a writer and fiber artist, my toolbox has:

  • Computer
  • Word processing software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Pen/pencil
  • Yarn
  • Crochet hooks
  • Knitting needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Row counters

And so on.

What is in your toolbox? Show me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook using the hashtag #morecreativitychallenge.

#morecreativity Day 1

First, I have to offer an apology. I intended to start this challenge yesterday. I kind of had a blond moment. (I am blond, so I’m only poking fun at myself.) I went through most of the day yesterday thinking it was Wednesday. So now the challenge will go from the 11th to the 15th. Everything else is the same.

Day 1: Carry a notebook with you at all times.

This is true even if you aren’t a writer. The notebook is a tickle file where you put all of your ideas, even lists and conversation snippets, so you won’t forget them.

Your assignment for today: Post a picture of the notebook you intend to use. Use the hashtag #morecreativitychallenge.

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!

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt

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.

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt