Rerunning an old favorite today:
Once upon a time, I often found myself stuck in the Land of Overwhelm.
I had so much going on that I wrote my To Do lists on never-ending rolls of paper towels. (Okay, not really, but it felt that way.) I tried to do two or three or 15 things at the same time. I left important tasks uncompleted until they became life or death issues. I never, ever had time for creativity.
Since then, I’ve learned to let go of some things. To stop multi-tasking (mostly). To identify and really focus on my biggest priorities. And to embrace creative foreplay.
Creative foreplay is a wonderful practice that keeps my creative flow going even when my days and weeks are crammed with Priority One tasks.
Creative foreplay is:
- Daydreaming about the story you’re writing, the song you’re composing, the picture you’re painting.
- Creating in the shower (or bath).
- Carrying a small notebook with you and writing one sentence or sketching for 30 seconds when you’re stuck in a long line at the grocery store.
- Singing in the car about your creative project.
- Taking a walk and visualizing your characters walking along with you: imagining what they would say and do.
- Taking a walk and soaking in interesting colors and textures for the piece of art you’re planning to work on.
- Acting out some dialog between your characters for 60 seconds.
- Humming a line or two of the song you’re composing in your head.