Letters for Creatives #2: Nurture your creativity with these habits
Tips for creatives of any kind
Hello, I am Celeste. Each week I provide tips about creativity. Send me any questions related to creativity. I will tackle your question every week.
Have you ever had the urge to create? Either it is writing, painting, drawing or making something from scratch. You name it. If you have experienced the urge once, you are probably a creative person.
I was reading the notes on the notes app. I came across some photos that I took from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It must be something useful for me to do that. Here are some wisdom that she shared in the book.
The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
— Julia Cameron
Journal 3 pages every morning
Cameron suggested writing 3 pages of what was on your mind. You can write anything on them. Write whatever comes to your mind. Your body would feel so much lighter. You would be refreshed and ready to accomplish anything for the rest of your day.
She suggested writing affirmations from the book at the end of each morning page. You can choose whichever suits you for each day. Some examples of the affirmations from the book:
I am allowed to nurture my artist.
Through the use of a few simple tools, my creativity will flourish.
As I listen to my creativity I am led to my creator.
I am willing to create.
I am willing to use my creative talents.
Go on artist date alone
You will go on a date with yourself every week. You can go anywhere that interests you. For me, it would be a movie theatre, bookstore or a lifestyle store with different products with beautiful designs and functions. I found these places fuel my creativity and bring me more ideas for creative projects.
List your small wins in your creative journey
List 3 wins in your creative journey. Be specific. I still remember my teacher from college told me that I am bright, even though I still don’t know why she said that.
There are comments people left on my poetry account that made my day. There are comments such as “this poem made my morning” or “I got lost in your beautiful poems and enjoyed reading them”. It is such a great motivation to keep creating and writing because of these compliments.
Decorate the page with these small wins and put it somewhere you would always see it. That would boost your confidence in terms of your creativity.
Chase your dreams
What did you say when your teacher asked you “What do you want to become”? Do you have any dreams that you neglect because you think you do not have the skills for them? Or as Cameron asked in her book, “If you had five other lives to lead, what would you do in each of them?”
I would probably be a painter, a museum curator, a chef who cooks Italian cuisine and a dancer. Choose one of them and try it. If you want to be a dancer, you can start going to dance classes. That would be quite exciting to try something that you always want to try.
Protect your time
List five major activities this week. How much time did you spend on each activity? Which one is what you wanted to do? Which one is a should? How much time did you spend helping others? How much time is it for you? Set a time for your creative projects every day and follow the plan.
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