I love to sit down and just create. Sometimes, though, I think it’s good to give myself a little push. You know, step into scary territory where it’s not natural. Give me a camera and I’m outside photographing bottle caps. (No lie, this happened recently and my daughter asked me why on earth I was taking a picture of something like that!) Or 2 needles and a ball of yarn and I’m casting on for the next project. Give me a blank canvas, a paintbrush, and a set of brushes, and I clam up. A road block happens, and it seems utterly impassable.
Those road blocks used to cause me to pack up and call it quits, but in recent years, I’ve discovered that I need to engage those moments. Stretching yourself is always good, I believe. When we try to stay comfortable, we can become stagnant. I think this holds true not just for the creative scene but anything really. Now I try to embrace those road block moments and even welcome them. I believe that by practicing creativity, it can cause those road blocks to tumble and gives a release of creative juices. Just kick insecurity and lack of confidence in the pants and go for it!
We have a very unique set of friends and family where we actually have creative moments together. On a couple of occasions, I’ve had that blank canvas in my hands sitting next to my sister-in-law. Now when your sister-in-law can paint like the one on the left and yours looks like the one on the right, you start to feel a little insecure.
Let’s face it. I’ll never be able to sell this but the point is that I do it and I get over what others think of my masterpiece!
Another thing I absolutely love to do is a WORD SPIT. It’s a great creative activity for small groups of people. It’s even better if no one has done it before. You pick one person to be the word spitter. They choose a random group of about 20 or so words like donkey, candle, tennis shoe. Everyone else gets a blank piece of paper and something to write with. The only instructions that are given are that, when the word spitter begins calling out words, they must use them. It can be a story, a poem, anything. They just have to use the word somehow. You always get all kinds of questions with this but the sky’s the limit as long as you use the word. The spitter begins calling out the words every few seconds. When the spitter is finished, he or she announces that everyone will now read their story, poem, etc. out loud. There’s usually a bit of grumbling and almost everyone starts theirs with, “Mine is not like the previous person’s.” That’s ok. It’s not supposed to be, but that insecurity tells us that it’s not as good as the other person’s. Kick it in the pants!
What about you? Do you have any ways to get the creative juices flowing?
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