First, on Tuesday, I did a book spotlight for a book that’s already been promoted and free. I can’t do that one again until 90 days have passed.
Second, today, I almost forgot to do a blog post. With the way today has gone, I thought about not doing one at all, but here I am.
I wanted to take this time to remind you about the challenge that’s starting Monday. 5 Days to Get Out of a Creative Rut.
I’ll post information here Sunday night and invite you to the Facebook group. If you want to participate and cheer each other on, that would be the place to do it in addition to posting on Facebook and Instagram.
With that in mind, I want to show you the challenge image again.
The first draft of this book was written in a notebook while I was at various doctors’ appointments. At the time, I was keeping a Bullet Journal. I had several people ask me how to do it.
I repeated myself so often, I decided to write a book. It’s not very long, but it doesn’t have to be. Please be aware that in this book, I’m not talking specifically about the Bullet Journal Method. That is the intellectual property of Ryder Carroll. I am, however, talking about ways you can create your own DIY planner. Because of that, I have no doubt there are some similarities.
I have been sitting on a couple ideas for quite a while and I think it’s beyond time to get going with them.
What is it?
I have two in mind.
40 Days of Creativity Challenge
This one will start the day after Thanksgiving and go for 40 days. That will take us into January. If you look at the calendar, that’s going to be more than 40 days because we will skip Christmas and New Year’s Day. Anyone who enrolls will receive a Kindle copy of 80 Creativity Tips as part of the cost of the course. I’ll let you know more details very soon.
Journal Your Way to Creativity
This course will be more involved. The book, Journal Your Way to Creativity, is a 90-day self-guided journal to help people tap into their creativity. That’s three months. This would have weekly videos where I would talk about the prompts and some of the reasoning behind them. A Kindle copy of this will also be included in the cost. Once again, I’ll let you know more details very soon. This one would not start until sometime in January.
Not exactly a course, but still a source of (possible) education/information. I will offer bundles of books, a box set, if you will, at a special price for a limited time. I will have these ready to go by the day after Thanksgiving.
This is all going with the plan to be more intentional in what I offer to you and why. It will come together in a cohesive program I call Living Your Creative Life.
Look for more details soon! Don’t want to miss anything? Consider signing up for my email list so you’ll be among the first to hear about new books, courses, and videos.
Last year, NaNo had some pretty impressive numbers.
402,142 participants, including 95,912 students and educators in the Young Writers Program, started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
1,195 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
65,962 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.
And lest you think it’s just a vanity exercise to see if you can do it (50,000 words in one month is a lot for some people and not-so-much for others):
Hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.
But, really, this just scratches the surface of all that NaNo is. To learn more about it, I encourage you to visit the site and poke around in the “about” section. If you want to try it, leave your NaNo username in the comments here and I’ll add you as a writing buddy.
Sometimes the way we get ourselves set up makes a big difference on our creativity.
Case in point? The image on this post is how I’m currently set up. Per doctor’s orders, I have to have my foot propped up as much as possible. I had been working at the kitchen table with my foot in a chair. That didn’t really work all that well because I couldn’t use my external monitor.
We had an extra monitor, still in the box. And there was a desk in the kitchen that was mainly used as a catch-all. (I know we all have areas like that in our houses, right?) I cleaned it up and set up things the way I like them. The way I can work with them.
All of a sudden, I want to write all of the blog posts. lol. I want to edit all of the stories. Write more of the stories. And so on.
It seems like a little thing. And, really, it is. But sometimes it’s the little things that make such a big difference.
Is there something keeping you from creating the way you want to? What can you do to make it better? Sometimes all it takes is a little change to make a bug difference.
This is something I’ve said for years. I don’t know if I came up with it or if I made it up. But it’s true. If we aren’t learning, we’re not growing. At best, we’re stagnating. At worst, we’re deteriorating.
To that end, I like to go to a couple conferences a year. And I read a lot and watch informational videos on YouTube.
Last month, I wasn’t able to go to one of my favorite conferences. This week, I’m making up for it. I found a free conference with great content. I didn’t have to go far to find it either. It landed in my lap. I saw a Facebook ad for it.
My point here is, our lives, our creativity, depend on learning. We don’t have to pay a lot for it. But we do have to invest time. That’s one thing we claim we don’t have enough of, yet everyone has the same amount of time in one day. Take 15 to 30 minutes out of your day to read or watch a couple short videos.
Learn something. Your brain, and your creativity, will thank you.
I started out writing a book of creativity tips with the idea that I would do one creativity tip per day. That was a daunting task. Then I thought that 100 would be good. I don’t remember why I decided on 80 instead, but it sounded like a good, round number.
Every tip is based on personal experience. I thought if it helped me, it might help someone else.
80 Creativity Tips is available in print and on Kindle. It is $8.25 in print and $3.99 on Kindle.
Starting Friday, November 2, the Kindle version will be free and run through Tuesday, November 6.