Warm Up Your Muse with Some Creative Foreplay

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.
The list goes on…
Why don’t you try some creative foreplay today? (And every day!) It will help your muse stay excited until you can join her for a juicy creative session.
I’d love to hear how you keep your muse happy during the busy times!

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3 Responses to “Warm Up Your Muse with Some Creative Foreplay”

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  2. 2 Nancy M. Griffis May 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    daydreaming is so essential! creative foreplay indeed! there’s something about being “trapped” in the bathroom (for whatever tmi reason) that seems to get my brain going along odd paths and generating connections to help along a plot. thanks for the post! :o)

    • 3 stranglingmymuse May 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      I’m glad you liked the post, Nancy! I agree that daydreaming is essential. So is down time — including bathroom time! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


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