Let’s start this write 31 days of simple creativity off with writing. Seems like a logical place to start!
As a way to start
So here’s what I know, writing is a simple way to start off creativity, and not just writing, any creative practice.
Julia Cameron in “The Artist’s Way” talks of something called the morning pages as a pivotal tool in creative recovery. It’s an exercise in writing longhand what ever comes to mind first thing in the morning. It tends to get the junk out of the way. This form of writing is not meant to be art or even only for writers but a way to get stuff out of the way before commencing the actual creative work.
As a way to continue
I know that if you want to be a writer then you need to pay attention. I know that carrying a writing tool and notebook around in my bag helps me to note down things I see or overhear and ideas for projects.
Writing a book is not simple, but writing as a form of simple creativity can be a joy and also therapeutic, writing about trauma or goals has been shown to be good for health. Writing regularly forms a habit of creativity and when you are intentional about noticing things to write about, your creative mind is set in gear.
How to practise writing
Here are some simple prompts or ideas for your notebook
- A gratitude list.
- A list of quotes.
- Words that you love.
- A dream location, describe it using all your senses.
- The best piece of advice you’ve received.
- A letter to a favourite or inspirational teacher of yours.
- A letter to yourself at a younger age.
- A prayer.
I’ve a created a pretty printable sheet collection of these writing prompts for you to download and use. write-prompt.pdf (175 downloads)