“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” ~ Ray Bradbury
It’s the start of a fresh year, and all these days are stretching out in front of us, begging to be filled. And just like last year, they will get filled. With shopping, sleeping, working, couch surfing, housework, coffee, yard work, cooking, worrying and maybe a bit of fun stuff. Whether we plan it or simply let it happen, this time next year, all 2013 will be is a bunch of lived days, and we’ll be looking at the possibilities of 2014.
But what about your art? What about the creative project that’s always on the back burner? The thing you’d love to do, that you DREAM of doing, but never actually get around to?
My ‘Creative Project’ Challenge for 2013 is this:
Be bold and brave and take a moment to publicly name the project you’d like to give energy to this year in a comment at the bottom of this page.
Then throughout the year I’ll blog check-ins and little things to help keep you on track. Your commitment to the project is about making time through out the year to work on your project. And you can all reach out and support each other, no matter what your project might be.
Maybe you want to take art lessons. Maybe you want to work out how to use that expensive camera you bought. Maybe you want to write a novel, or edit a novel, or illustrate a children’s book. Maybe you want to build a vegetable garden or knit a matching set of jumpers for the whole family by Christmas.
I have found that by being part of a creative-purposed group, my wonderful writing sisterhood – Sisters of the Pen – my productivity, accountability and sense of connectedness to my writing has improved. I’ve gone from thinking about being a writer to actually writing!
So how about you? What creative project will it be for you this year?
Let yourself get excited. Give yourself the gift of a whole year of little windows of creative time. Imagine what might happen…
Are you in? Will you join me?
Go ahead, and sign your name below. Let’s make 2013 a year of Creative Action. That’s the kind of energy I want to see in the world!