Creativity Now!

CREATIVITY – The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc…

This page is designed to help you cultivate creativity right now. Stop by anytime for tips and inspirational reading on the topic. If you want to read all of the creativity posts go here or return home to see which topic we are studying this week.

**Please note this page is currently under construction. The JOY Resource Page is a good example of how all the pages will ultimately be arranged.

If you have ideas and/or input regarding what you would like to see here or in any of the pages please do let me know!

Tips to Inspire your creative muse

The tips are here to help inspire your creative muse. One can get creative in so many different ways so when considering creative things to try, I could come up with more then a hundred I think would be fun in a very short space of time. The real trick is just to GET STARTED. Do something, anything! Here are five ideas to get you on your way… They have been gleaned from other people’s lists so by following the links you can check out many more tips and hopefully find some inspiration for your creative efforts!

 

Learn something every day

I live by this one. Good advice for living! “Creativity often involves adapting an idea to make it your own. Continually expose yourself to new ideas and the creative well will never run dry. Always have a book on your nightstand, if you can. Download audio books or check them out from the library to play while driving or exercising. Above all, learn something from every experience.”

From the web site Here to Create‘s post entitled 9 tips to be more creative. The tag line from this blog is “We are here to create, not merely survive.” Definitely worth a visit for Creativity fans.

 

Dictionary Diving

This is a fun idea, I’ve tried it with the dictionary and other books. Works with pretty much any written page. “If you’re stuck for an idea, open a dictionary, randomly select a word and then try to formulate ideas incorporating this word. You’d be surprised how well this works. The concept is based on a simple but little known truth: freedom inhibits creativity. There are nothing like restrictions to get you thinking.”

From Jeffery Baumgartner’s Ten Steps for Boosting Creativity.

 

Creative Prompts

I first became familiar with this concept during my very first creativity week on the old Everyday Bliss blog. My dear friend Jaye (we were exchange students to Austria together, many moons ago!)of ArtQuiltmaker.com, a master quilter and generally crafty gal came up with this concept (from her blog) :

Each week we commit to be creative.

A creative prompt is given and we interpret that into a drawing, a doodle, a collage, a photo…any kind of creative work that suits you. We can design a quilt, make a sculpture from marble or Sculpey, mold something with clay, paint, or write anything we want in response to the prompt. There are no rules on medium or method. The idea is to develop a regular art practice.

The  AQ Creative Prompt Inspiration Page explains everything and also provides a bevy of other “Prompt places” on the web. When Jaye was actively adding to the prompt collection she did so weekly and although currently on hiatus, there are three years of inspiration to scroll through.  If the prompts were not enough, a wander through her blog will boost anyone’s creativity quotient.

 

Do something childlike once in a while.

“…and you don’t have to have the children there as an “excuse” to do it. Sit and play on swings/draw/paint “silly” pictures — have fun. Children are incredibly creative and as adults we could learn a lot about how they view the world.”

From 10 Ways to boost your creativity by Julie Plenty

 

Read Random Magazines

Every once in a while, I pick up several magazines that I would never ordinarily read. It’s surprisingly interesting and useful. And I love the feeling of possibility that I get whenever I browse in one of those stores that carries 500 different magazines.

From Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: Eight tips for sparking your creativity. (Side note: I HIGHLY recommend The Happiness Project web site, book, facebook page, twitter etc. for increasing your daily happiness quotient!)

I expand on this tip by gathering a bunch of these random magazines and I rip out pictures or words that inspire or interest me. Just the act of grabbing and ripping the paper seems to get my creative juices flowing. Sometimes I make collages or vision boards to support what ever project I am working on, other times I just file any pertinent scrap that inspires in a folder I keep just for that purpose.

If you have ideas and/or input regarding what you would like to see here or in any of the pages please do let me know!

Also, If you are an artist, blogger, writer, lover of life who has something that would contribute to one or more of the Bliss Virtues and you would like to share your craft and point of view as a guest of this blog please let me know. I am eager to make Bliss Habits a sharing and collaborative space for all Blissful pursuits!***

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