What Is a Creativity Coach?

I’ve talked before about creativity coaching, but what is a creativity coach?

Creativity coaching is a subset of life coaching that focuses on your creative life. Many times, a creativity coach is certified through the Creativity Coaching Association.

A creativity coach can work with pretty much any creative professional, whether artist, writer, actor, etc. The focus is on the creative process in general rather than on the specific discipline.

I do not yet call myself a creativity coach. Why? I’m not certified through the CCA mentioned above. It is a goal to do that at some point, though.

However, some people have called me a creativity expert, considering how much I have studied about creativity and the books I have written about it. I’ve used that term in some of my social media bios.

I think thie covers the definition well enough.

What about you? In what area(s) might you be an expert?

Give Yourself the Gift of Creativity

There is something to be said about buying something for yourself from yourself. It’s not selfish (unless absolutely everything is for you). It’s taking care of yourself.

If you want to give yourself the gift of creativity, I can help you with that.

I have three books, Devoted to Creating: Igniting the Creative Spark in Everyone; 80 Creativity Tips; and Journal Your Way to Creativity.

Devoted to Creating is a book of devotions centered around creativity. Each one has a verse, short story, prayer, and creativity tip. It’s available in print and on Kindle.

80 Creativity Tips contains tip, exercises, and techniques to help you tap into your creativity. There are photos and pages for you to doodle or take notes. It’s also available in print and on Kindle.

Journal Your Way to Creativity is a 90-day self-guided program to help you uncover your creativity and use it on a daily basis. It is available on Kindle as well as in print, but considering the format, I would recommend the print version so your prompts and journaling are in the same place.

These are just a few ways you can give yourself the gift if creativity. If you would prefer coaching or courses, send me an email and we’ll talk about what would fit your needs.

Getting My Start in Creativity

dscn3878.jpgI cant tell you exactly how and when I got my start in creativity. Well… That’s not necessarily true. I started when I was a kid, thanks to my mother’s encouragement. What I’m really referring to is when I started studying creativity.

At some point, I discovered The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Though I still haven’t worked all the way through it, it was still valuable. Thanks to TAW, I learned the value of always having a notebook with me. I have done Morning Pages off and on through the years. I’m not good at the rigidity of it MUST be in the morning.

Another influence is Eric Maisel. He was the keynote speaker at a conference several years ago. I found out about the concept of creativity coaching from him. Since then, I have read several of his books.

I do not necessarily agree with everything Julia Cameron and Eric Maisel say and theorize, but I agree with enough to consider them some pretty major influences on my own creativity studies. There are others that I will talk about in future posts, but these are key to me.

Video: Working with a Creativity Coach vs. Self-Coaching

A couple years ago, I did a presentation to the Ada Writers, a local wrters’ group, on the benefits of working with a creativity coach versus self-coaching. I actually remembered to record it, so it’s on YouTube. I decided to share it with you today for a couple reasons because it’s still relevant.

This is, in part, a test. I shared a post with a podcast episode embedded to see how it would do. I’m wondering if I will have similar results with a video or if it will do better or worse.

Happy creating.

Season 2 of Wandering on the Creative Path is Here!

I decided to open season 2 of the Wandering on the Creative Path podcast talking about Journal Your Way to Creativity.

How’s that for some blatant self-promotion?

You can hear it here:

Let me know what you think about it.

While you’re at it, also please answer something else for me: Do you like audio/video embedded in the blog posts or should I just keep it to straight text with supplemental images?

Front cover of the book, Journal Your Way to Creativity, by Jen Nipps

Print: $6.99
Kindle: $3.99

Happy creating!

New Book: Journal Your Way to Creativity

Front cover of the book, Journal Your Way to Creativity, by Jen Nipps

Blurb:
Journal Your Way to Creativity is a 90-day self-guided journal designed to help readers tap into their creativity. Some of the prompts may sound silly, but some of the silliest prompts tend to be the ones that make you dig the deepest.”

Format:
Print $6.99, click to buy
Kindle $3.99, click to buy

Sample Prompts:
5. Think about your reasons for believing you are creative. List five reasons why it is true.

37. What is your favorite color? Why? (Yes, you can have more than one but keep it to three or fewer.)

58. Give yourself about five minutes and ask yourself “What If I Were Creative?” Try to list 10 things.

82. What rules have you broken recently?

 

Why This Book?
As I mentioned, I am also a creativity coach. Sometimes the best way to reach people in order to help them is where they are. That’s not always physically possible, so I thought a journal of some type might be helpful. Once I got that idea in mind, it wouldn’t let go.

I debated how many prompts to include. I finally decided on 90 because that’s three months of daily journaling. That’s long enough to accomplish a couple things. It’s enough to make journaling a habit. It’s also long enough to start breaking down old thought patterns/beliefs and creating new ones. I am not saying it’s enough time to completely create new ones.

Sometimes it’s easy to fall back into old habits and ways of thinking, no matter how much we think we’re “over it.”

Here’s a not-so-secret secret: We’re never really over it.

Thought patterns take a lifetime to build. It makes sense to think they would take another lifetime to break down to make way for new ones. There are things we have to work on repeatedly, whether it’s maintaining a new, healthier lifestyle or thinking of ourselves as creative beings.

With this journal, which is part of Living Your Creative Life, it is my hope that we can build and reinforce our creative habits and beliefs.

About the Author:
I’m a freelance writer specializing in creativity, social media, and general human interest. I just released book #10! Journal Your Way to Creativity is available in print and on Kindle now!

I am also a creativity coach. But… what IS a creativity coach? Simply put, creativity coaching is a subset of life coaching where someone helps you with various aspects of your lives. I — and any other creativity coach — can help you with issues you may be having in your creative life, whether it’s finishing projects, finding inspiration, or how to get out of a rut. If you’re interested, I’d love to talk to you about it.

I am a fiber artist. I knit and crochet. I want to learn to spin, but that will have to wait a while.

I am available to speak to writers’ groups, civic organizations, schools, and conferences. I can do in-person presentations or present via Skype. If you need a speaker for your event, let’s talk! My speaking repertoire also includes living with disabilities and diabetes as well as creativity and social media as mentioned above.

Coming Soon to a Podcast Near You

After years of thinking about it and occasionally talking about it, I am finally doing it.

What is “it”?

I’m starting a podcast. I have the introduction recorded (episode 0) and will be working on the first episode later today. I hope to have more episodes uploaded in a couple days.

What is it about?

Creativity, of course.

That’s the short answer. The longer answer is it’s about helping people reconnect with their creativity and be reminded that they are creative. It’s about the creative journey called life and how we each have our own ways of living it.

It’s called “Wandering the Creative Path.”

Here’s where you come in.

  1. I would love for you to listen to it. The introductory episode is up on SoundCloud.
  2. Are you a creative who would like to be interviewed about your creative journey? Send me an email! We’ll set up a Skype call where you’ll be recorded and uploaded to the podcast.
  3. Are you (a) convinced you’re not creative or (b) in a creative rut and want a coach? Email me! We’ll do a 15-30 minute coaching session and use it on the podcast.

If you want to participate but don’t want to be recorded, send me an email anyway. We can work something out.

Happy creating!