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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Walk….

Welcome to day 4.

The only thing I want you to do today is to go for a walk.

Take a camera, take your phone. It doesn’t matter which, just so long as you have something that you can take a picture with.

I want you to pay attention to the things around you. What catches your eye? What insists you pay attention to it? Take a picture of it. If there’s more than one, take a picture of them.

In The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write, Julia Cameron talks about going on walks often. She says a creative’s work is called a body of work for a reason. She encourages us to get out and walk.

So I would like for you to do that today.

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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GO!

Welcome to day 1 of 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut!

Today, I ask that you make an Idea Pocket. In case you missed the description of what an Idea Pocket is, you can read it here.

Now, how do you make an Idea Pocket? It’s pretty easy.

For the simplest version, take a #10 standard business envelop and seal it. Cutting the short end, cut about 1/3 of it off. If you want to, cut a notch in it so you can open it easier.

On the outside, write a little nonsense poem or decorate it in some way that you like and will remind you that this is a tool you can use to tap into your creativity. It’s part of your creative toolbox.

This is a poem I’ve put on the outside of any that I make:

My Idea Pocket

I want to write.
I want to draw.

Try though I might,
I can’t think of anything at all!

I reach my hand in here
And find something very near.

I’ll put it back or put in something new
So I can use it another time too.

It serves to describe what an Idea Pocket is, in case you forget, and it tells you how you can use it.

You can find a picture of mine on my primary Instagram sometime later today. Remember to post pictures of your Idea Pocket on Facebook or Instagram using the tag #nocreativerut. And join the conversation in the Facebook group.

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Get Set….

ecrireYesterday, I told you some things you’ll need for the creativity challenge – 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut.

Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about one of the key tools you’ll put together tomorrow.

The Idea Pocket.

The purpose of The Idea Pocket is to promote creativity.  Through it, you’ll realize that ideas are truly everywhere and you can get ideas from the world around you, You’ll figure out how to use these ideas whether in writing, drawing, painting, cooking, or in any other creative endeavor.

Yes. I believe cooking is a creative outlet.

At any rate, that’s the key thing you need to know for tomorrow. You can join the Facebook group if you want, too.

Are you ready?

On your mark….

Get set….

On Your Mark….

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Photo of reporter’s notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

I wanted to give you a little heads-up.

You will need a few things if you are planning to participate in next week’s challenge. (You are, aren’t you?) These are things you probably already have around the house.

  • #10 envelop or any other envelop you have that you won’t need for anything else.
  • Small odds & ends that can fit in your envelop.
  • A pen or pencil
  • A notebook
  • Your cell phone’s camera app or a camera

That’s it.

I’ll tell you a bit more tomorrow so we’ll be ready to start on Monday.