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

How Jen Got Her Groove Back

Used under a Creative Commons license.
Used under a Creative Commons license.

I can’t actually say I have my groove back, or even that I have a groove, yet. I am, however, on my way to getting one.

As a result of having to keep my foot up for so long, I lost any kind of momentum I may have had. Because of my eyesight, it’s difficult for me to work with a computer in my lap. It can be done, but with a lot of difficulty. I prefer to use an external monitor adjusted for easy (well… easier) viewing and an external keyboard. It just makes my life easier. If I were working for someone else, they would call it accommodations. I call it doing what works for me.

Anyway, I digress.

Since I don’t have to have my foot up as much (though I still do a few times during the day), I can start getting back into a routine. It looks something like this:

Morning: Morning routine & housework (including tidying my office & living areas)
Noon: Lunch & a walk
Afternoon: Writing & marketing (and other work as it comes along)
Evening: Dinner, knitting or crochet/TV, family, & end-of-day routine (maybe another walk, especially if the noon time is too warm as the summer progresses)

It’s nothing major in the grand scheme of things, but it will help me get back to where I want to be, so it’s pretty major in that way.

I used to think schedules and routines were anathema to creativity. A few years have passed since then. (OK, more than a few.) I have come to realize that having a schedule and following a routine actually allows room for creativity. For me, creativity requires structure. If I have no structure and it can have free rein, nothing ever gets done. It’s funny how that works.

As things progress and I get assignments and other work coming in, I have no doubt the schedule will change. It will have to in order to accommodate deadlines. For now, though, this is a start. And I think it’s a good one.