And the Winner Is…

I wanted to wait until both challenges were finished before I announced any winners.

Since this was my first time running challenges, there weren’t a lot of people participating. That was to be expected. As I do more and get my name out more, I expect there will be more people participating.

Without further delay, the winner of the 5 Days to More Creativity challenge is Vidya.

I will be sending her a message via Instagram DM so I can get her prize to her.

Unfortunately I was the only one to do the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge, so there is not a winner for that one.

Thank you to those who did participate. There will be more events and challenges in the future. Announcements will be made here and in my newsletter first.

I’ll get back to a regular blogging schedule tomorrow.

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#morecreativitychallenge Day 5

This is it. This is the last day of 5 Days to More Creativity.

Today, I want you to put your inner critic in jail for the duration of your current project. Draw a representation of him/her/it. Write down things it usually says to you. Tear that page out of your notebook, put it in an envelope, and put it in a drawer. Tell it you will let it out of jail when your project is done and it’s time to edit/evaluate. Then it can have its say, but not before.

Next to giving yourself permission to create, this is the second most important thing you can do for your creativity.

Before you put it in jail, take a picture of your inner critic and share it with the hashtag.

#morecreativitychallenge Day 4

This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your creativity.

Nobody, not one single other person, can give you permission to be creative. The only person with that power is you.

Here is a sample permission slip you might want to use.

I, _____________, do hereby give myself permission to be creative and to explore my creativity regardless of what form it takes.

Signed: _______________

Date: _________________

Keep it at the front of your notebook or tape it to your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator.

Show me your permission slip. Share your picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the #morecreativitychallenge hashtag.

#morecreativitychallenge Day 3

We’ve made it to the hallway point.

Day 3’s prompt is to write every day. Call it a journal, writing practice, or Morning Pages. Even call it scribbling if you want to.

Daily writing, whether you are a writer or not, keeps your creativity primed. It makes it easier for you to tap into your creativity when you need it.

When you post your pictures today, you don’t have to show a close up of what you’ve written. An overhead shot of a written page is fine.

#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!

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt