The wonderful thing about being individuals is that we are all blessed with our own unique story to tell.
Ten people could experience the exact same situation but none of their experiences are the same.
We are shaped by our past experiences. We view things differently because of how we were raised, what we have experienced in the past, and our knowledge base. This is a gift.
If you find a story that you want to tell, don’t be afraid to tell it. The fact that it has been done before doesn’t matter. It hasn’t been told by you.
The key to this is to make sure that you are using your unique voice and not consciously or unconsciously copying what has already been done. Use your perspective to see things from different angles.
This goes for all areas of creativity. While writing tells stories, so do pictures and other visual arts. You can tell a story with a five course dinner.
Whatever your outlet is, get in there and practice. The more you are exercising your creativity, the louder and more distinct your voice becomes. The louder and more distinct your voice becomes, the more comfortable you will be with it.
Remember no one can be creative the way you can be creative!
This week, take some time to try a different creative outlet. Try to pick something that you don’t normally do. Flex your skills in a different arena. There are a ton of ways to be creative. Whatever you pick make sure that you give it your all and enjoy it.
So you have fallen behind on those resolutions or plans you had for the new year. Perhaps your creativity challenge is a day late (a little like this post). Or maybe you are a couple days of your “everyday” challenges.
Don’t worry. Today is a new day. Start over.
Don’t be afraid to alter your challenge. Instead of saying you are going to write or draw or compose everyday, try saying that you will simply create everyday. Make a conscious effort to be creative everyday. Or look at why you have fallen off and adjust accordingly.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. It will stifle your creativity.
So today, if you are bogged down by your usual forms of creativity, try something new. Step completely outside of your box. Do things a little differently.
This week try to unload the creativity from your brain.
Before you go to bed write for fifteen minutes. Unload all the your thoughts onto the page. Write. Sketch. Plan. Nothing needs to make sense. You could map out ideas for a project or you can write a few pages of a project.
Once you wake up you should do the same thing. Unload the first things on your mind. Throw them on the page. Write about a dream. Sketch an image that came to your mind. Write all of the things that come to your mind. Take fifteen minutes and get it all down.
At the end of the week, go over what you have. Try not to do it until a full week has gone by. Give the thoughts and ideas some space to breathe. There may be some jewels hiding there.