Stop Saying You’re Not Creative, Part 6

Let’s look at one last idea for increasing our creativity.  This one can be intimidating, but can be one of the most rewarding…

Create every day, whether you feel like it or not

Don’t wait for that big great idea to hit you to start trying to be creative.  Make a point of trying to create something every day.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to write.  Wait!  Let me stop you before you say, “I’m not a writer!”  You don’t need to write a novel, or short story, or a puppet script, or even a journal entry…though those are all good things to try and tackle.  Some people will write what they call “day pages.”  Either at the beginning or end of the day they will simply write whatever comes to mind.  It doesn’t need to have a point, but the exercise stretches you creatively.

Some of you may not realize it, but you are already well on your way to writing something every day.  I know this because I see you updating the world with every piece of trivial information about your day through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.  Just scrolling down Facebook right now I see my friends reporting things like:

–          Fell out of my chair this afternoon!  It’s been a long day.

–          A sand crab tried to steal Michael’s toe.  Ouch.

–          Shouldn’t have used a smiley when communicating with my recruiter…*gulp*

–          Can’t move without pain.  Pilates is the devil.

When I read things like that I keep waiting to hear Paul Harvey jump in and say, “and now, here’s the rest of the story.”  There is a “rest of the story” for all those things.  I’m not saying you have to share it on Facebook, but right there in a simple status update you’ve got the first sentence of a story about your life.  And they always say the first sentence is the hardest to write.

You don’t have to share what you write, the goal is simply to stretch your brain.  Don’t stop yourself from putting something down on paper because it’s not perfect.  If I did that, you’d be looking at an empty blog.

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2 Responses to “Stop Saying You’re Not Creative, Part 6”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (May 2010) « Dad in the Middle Says:

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