When I started writing this blog, I subscribed to Google Alerts for “creativity.” I thought the daily e-mails might bring me interesting news items to discuss here. But I’ve been disappointed. The vast majority of articles about creativity focus either on ways to be creative on the job or on creativity for children. I heartily support both of these things. But it’s clear from these results our society doesn’t really encourage adult creativity unless it produces something tangible. A new way to sell a product. A happier child. A more attractive home. All good things. But I don’t think we should hang up our clown shoes and bury our toys in the back of our closet when we pick up our first briefcase. I don’t think we should allow ourselves a moment of pure creativity only after meeting all our adult responsibilities.
Why not take five minute to be creative RIGHT NOW? If you have fifteen minutes or half an hour, that’s even better.
Here are some creative quickies you can do in five minutes:
Dream up some metaphors.
Write a one-sentence memoir.
If you’re working on a story or novel, write one line of dialogue.
Craft a 6-word story.
Write the first sentence of a new story or essay.
Create a haiku about whatever you see in front of you.
Visualize a new character.
Choose five random words from any book, then use them all in a short paragraph about your job.
Spend five minutes journaling or freewriting.
Write a description of a friend as if they were a stranger.
Think of your own quick creative exercise!