In summer, with the long hot and lazy days I feel less inclined to produce or create things. This can be both good and bad for creativity. Taking a break means time to think, get inspired, try different things and it is essential to keep things fresh, new and moving. We can’t create from an empty well. This past year I have invested heavily in writing projects and learning and applying new skills. This has taken lots of time and a big emotional investment. I need to stop producing or else there will be nothing new or interesting to share. But the break can be bad in that creativity happens when we ‘do the work’ and notice that we are creative. I think I am a little scared that if I take a break the momentum stops and it is hard to get back into it again!
In the summer months we all seem to slow down and take breaks so I’m going to be a little quieter on the blog here. But I am creative and love to be creative even in my rest times so I would love to encourage us to take the time for a creative refresh. Two of the big hurdles to feeling that we are creative are because we fail to see the ways that we are continually being creative in the small, everyday moments or because we tell ourselves we don’t have the time.
So I’ve come up with a #simplecreativechallenge for the first 3 weeks of August. I have a list of one word creative prompts for you. Each day you could take just 5 minutes to take a photo, add a caption if you wish. Use the one word prompts to encourage yourself to notice your creative moments or to make space to be creative with your photo or show a picture of your creative result. I will post the picture of the prompts on Instagram and every day a picture with the one word prompt for the day. The weekend prompts are all ‘simple weekend’ – anything goes on those days! But the important thing is that this is a creative refresh, join in when you can and don’t worry when you can’t!
The only rules are:
Follow me @abipartridge to get your prompts.
Use the hashtag #simplecreativechallenge so we can find new friends and inspire each other.
Join in when you can, don’t worry when you don’t.