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Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World
Rerunning one of my most popular posts:
If you’re worried you’re not living up to your creative potential, it’s easy to find articles and books on managing your time, setting goals and being more productive. But so much of this helpful advice just doesn’t work when it comes to creativity. It can make you feel tight and uncompromising. It can make your muse pack up her bags and fly away until you allow her more space.
So here’s my advice for turning some of the common productivity wisdom on its head. Try it and see if it makes your muse smile:
Do you have any creative techniques you use that turn conventional wisdom on its head? I’d love to hear about them and add them to this list.
Take a walk, and bring a notebook. Jot down things you see, hear, smell, feel, touch and experience. Use all your senses.
These are just a few ideas—be sure to include everything that catches your attention. And pay attention to everything around you as you walk.
Then find a place to sit such as a park bench, cafe, picnic table, the ground, your car … whatever works for you.
Now combine several of the sensory images you’ve gathered and use them to create a story, essay, poem or any other piece of writing. Play around with the images and try different things, just as you would if you were making a collage. If one combination doesn’t work, try something else. Write something silly or dark or absurd or uncharacteristic of you. Have fun as you fit the puzzle pieces together in different ways.
I like this exercise because it combines the physical activity of walking with the mental and emotional experience of collecting bits of what you experience. It gets you away from staring at a blank piece of paper. And combining things in new ways always engages the muse.
Let me know how you like this exercise, or share your creations!
If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration, this Random Art Prompt Generator might be just what you need! You can choose either a simple or an elaborate prompt, and they’re pretty creative. These are for all types of artists. If you want a writing prompt, the simple prompts will work, and sometimes the elaborate ones will as well. (But some of the elaborate prompts are more focused on visual art.)
Here are some of the random prompts I got when I played around with this:
Click here to try it out and get creative!