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.

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

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.

5 Days to Get Out of a Creative RUt

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.

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