#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.

Begin at the Bell

The following is an excerpt from 80 Creativity Tips.

A friend of mine said this before writing exercise we did at the kick-off party flash meeting with a lot for the local National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) group.

“Begin at the bell” is actually pretty good advice. When it comes to working on our creative projects, we almost always say we don’t have time.

Make time! Otherwise, it will never get done.

Get a timer. Set it for no less than 15 minutes, preferably 30. If you can, have a bell ring to signal the beginning. If not, start the very second your hand comes off the timer.

Whatever it is you do, then do it. Right. Draw. Paint. Cook. Dance.

Create!

When the timer goes off, you can stop, but not before. Give yourself at least that 15 minutes. If you are going good when the time is up, turn the timer off–or reset it–and keep going.

At the end of your time, step back. Look at what you have done and pat yourself on the back.

This is important: Do not evaluate or critique what you have done. Now is the time for creating, not for editing or judging. There will be time for that later.

Here are some tips for you on your work with a timer:

  • Don’t look at the timer. Turn it away from you. If it’s on your phone, turn the display off or turn your phone over.
  • Don’t stop and wonder how much time you have left, no matter how much you want to know.
  • Time isn’t important except as a way to get started. Unless there is a hurricane or a fire, the amount of time that’s passed isn’t important.
  • If you’re writing or drawing, keep your hand moving. Pause as seldom as possible to work out a hand cramp if you need to. (As a side note, if you’re getting cramps like that, it means you’re holding your pen/pencil/paintbrush/knitting needles/crochet hook too tight and need to loosen your grip.)
  • Focus on what you’re doing. This music or TV on in the background? Tune it out. There are people who said they have to work in complete silence. Those people really get any work done. Distractions are a fact of life, even if it’s just your cat jumping up on the desk. Learn to deal with it.

Remember you’re creative in your life, not separate from it.

New Challenge Starting Thursday

Yes, you read that right. A new challenge, 5 Days to More Creativity, starts Thursday, January 10.

Here’s what’s going on.

You will have a total of five prompts. Post a picture of each prompt on your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter page using the hashtag #morecreativitychallenge.

Here are the prompts.

1. Carry a notebook at all times.
2. Know what’s in your tool box.
3. Write every day.
4. Give yourself permission.
5. Put your inner critic in jail.

Check back on this blog every day starting Thursday for more information about the day’s prompt.