Do you ever find that sometimes everything feels a bit stale and you’re feeling a little bored with things? Or maybe you miss those childhood days when you were free to create and mess around with things, like collaging or painting? Or maybe your thing was dressing up and putting on shows for your friends and family. Either way, I think sometimes we all miss that capacity to play – to just mess around and try different things. With writing, sometimes I miss the tactile pleasure of creating something – like the collages I used to make. I miss making jewellery, another project that got shelved. Sometimes I get so caught up in the idea of needing to write, that I forget doing other creating things can feed into writing inspiration.
So my inspiration for you today is to start a new project. Something you haven’t tried before or something you haven’t done for a long time. For example, I’ve had the ‘book of the year’ project that I shelved in January because other things took more precedence (I made a book of the year at the beginning of last year for 2011 which is full of photos and favourite blog posts and ideas – I did it using Blurb). Or there’s those sketchbooks I started a few years ago with random collages and typography in them. Start planning something, something you’ve always wanted – get started.
If you’ve always want to start writing in a notebook – go ahead. If you’re finding your journal scribblings a bit repetitive, go crazy and do a painting or sketch in it – it might not be perfect, but we’re not aiming for perfection here, its about trying something new. Or try making a whole host of paper crafts – bunting made out of old tattered paperback books (from charity shops or just things languishing on the shelf), paper birds, or even cover an old stool with paper and glossy glue. Think outside the box and go hunting for inspiration on the internet. You might be surprised what you find. If you haven’t got a blog – start a blog! Write about what interests you.
Take a step, and feel inspired.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~ Maya Angelou.