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The Creative Process is Like Glitter – It’s Everywhere!

You know I love that glitter. I also love people being creative everyday. See how I put those together?

I had the chance to talk about the creative process with my friend and colleague Nicole Fende on her podcast – The Sci-Fi Biz Show – All the Boring Bits Made Better.

First, a little about her show. It really is Sci-Fi for small business and she’s done it brilliantly. Nicole is a numbers person with a profit-making mindset – and she’s immensely creative with a flair for fun. We’ve collaborated for years on various projects and I’m honored to be a guest on her podcast.

We talked about the Creative Process, how it works, and how it underlies every creative act – even the everyday creativity that we may not notice anymore. In listening to the episode I was struck with how much fun we’re having.

Our talk ranged over creative laziness in popular offerings, the brain on creativity, the importance of curiosity, tips to be more creative, the creative process steps and slime. It’s a very digestible 36 minutes  long.

BONUS FUN THING

Every episode starts with a short discussion of a Sci-Fi/fantasy/horror work of the guest’s choice. I chose “The Princess Bride” because it’s fun, positive and THE QUOTES!

You can catch the show on iTunes, your favorite podcast source (I use Stitcher) or download it here.

The Description:

  • The creative process is one of the most misunderstood, overlooked, and underappreciated processes on the planet. Monette Satterfield joins us to discuss this deceptively simple approach. She shares insights on overcoming potential roadblocks, puts the time frame in perspective, and demonstrates how we can use it in business to grow our profit. All with references to the Most Quotable Movie.

A process for creativity – smart or sacrilege? Listen in and decide for yourself.

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Check it out and let me know what you think in a comment or a note – I’d love to hear from you!

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Three Essential Practices to Develop Creative Curiosity

Are you curious? If you’re like most deeply creative people, your curiosity, about everything, knows no bounds – even though you might keep your relentless questions quiet from time to time to not annoy your friends.

Curiosity is the gateway to creativity. Asking questions is the natural way to move forward. After all, the creative process itself is often sparked with the question “What if?”

Harness Your Curiosity

Curiosity is a great start but to really make creative gains, you’ll want to direct and amplify that force. Here are 3 essential practices to develop your creative curiosity.

Keep a Journal

Yes, we’ve all heard this time and again, but it really is the beginning of a meaningful creative practice. It doesn’t matter if your notebook is plain or fancy, lined or unlined or bound or loose pages – it only matters that you carry it with you and use it regularly. Don’t worry about being “writerly” or “artistic” either. Use it for everything that strikes your fancy.

Mine are usually smaller notebooks that I can carry with me that I use to make notes, sketches, lists (sometimes it’s just my shopping list) and even attach clippings and other scraps that interest me. The pages are a mash-up of my daily life and aren’t very often beautiful, but they’re mine. This is the one I’m working in right now:

Ask, Ask, Ask

Of course, asking questions is the realm of the curious but how often and how deeply do you really question what you encounter everyday?

Start a new page in your notebook for something in your daily life – say your commute to work or a project you’re working on – and ask the basic questions: Who is involved? What happens? When does it happen? Where does it happen? How does it happen? and Why does it happen?

Don’t be overly concerned with the answers as you write and try for multiple answers even if they seem silly. Make sketches or lists or margin notes if you like, the point is to become more familiar with questioning. Bonus points for finding answers that move you forward!

Try New Things

Do you have a daily routine? Most of us do and some parts are useful and necessary like brushing your teeth every day. But, other parts are ripe for change. Trying new things doesn’t have to mean big, bold life altering changes.

Start small: vary the route you take on a routine errand or to work, try a new brand of food, personal items or art supplies on your next shopping trip, listen to a different station for unfamiliar music, etc. Make a point to change something regularly and see how it affects your creativity.

Creativity is in the Questions

While curiosity drives creativity, it can be hard to hold on to that questioning spirit when the world around us wants to get to the right answer without enjoying the creative questioning that takes time to unfold a truly new answer. What ways do you keep asking your creative questions? Let me know – I’d love to hear!

 

*This notebook is covered in the Shiny Designs Signature Print and has both lines and space for drawings. That’s hard to find, so I made this one! Grab yours from Amazon here!

Shiny Designs Signature Print Notebook on Amazon
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Three Easy Ways to Be More Creative Everyday

We’ve been talking about creative practice and how creativity can be learned and strengthened. You can be more creative with practice – even if you don’t think you have the time. Here are three easy ways to get started today!

Doodle something, anything

It doesn’t have to be fancy, just making random marks on a piece of scrap paper is a fast, easy and accessible way to start creating. Doodling can help you focus on a task that may otherwise have your attention wandering or it can give your subconscious mind (where a lot of creative thought happens) a way to signal ideas. Don’t hold back – doodle away!

Move around

Don’t just sit there trying to come up with an idea. Get moving in whatever way is available to you: take a walk, stand by your chair, dance around the room. Physical movement has been shown to have positive effects on creativity and is good for you too!

Play, simple play

This one is closely related to moving around but adds the element of playfulness. Keep a selection of toys around to play with. They can be kid toys, like Legos or Play-Doh, or grown up toys, like fancy wind ups and art models; it’s your choice. Doing something with your hands is good for the brain – and fun too!

 

There’s a lot more to a deep and evolving creative practice, but taking small creative steps everyday is the start! What do you do to practice creativity? Tell me about it!

 

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What about you – When do you get to do something just for yourself?

I’ve been thinking about you lately – I’m starting to wonder when you get to do something just for you. Yes, you. I know you’re busy, oh so busy, doing all the things for everyone else but we both know that’s not cutting it anymore.

What About Me?

We talked about creativity being something you practice everyday but when you’re sunk under the weight of everyone’s cares, it can be hard to even see the slender thread of your creative spirit running through your life.

But, creativity is expressed a thousand ways – both small and large – throughout a day and a life. Look for the small, yet so meaningful, ways to express your creative spirit in your day.

Take a minute, an hour, a day and make something – anything you like – just to make yourself smile. It’s a small but meaningful start.

Creating = Joy! It really is that simple.

What have you done for yourself lately? I’d love to know!

Shine Your Light!

Monette

PS The Pop Up Project creative party is a fun (and free) way to get started making something. Check it out!

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Pop Up Project – Create and Win!

Create for Free and Win!




Make Something! Sign up here to get the download link for this kit. Then, make something- anything at all – as long as you use at least one identifiable part of the kit. Then, just share your project and get a $5 shop gift code – Fun and Easy!

Use your imagination to come up with your own twist. Make a card, art tags, jar toppers, cupcake toppers – whatever you can think of. The only requirement is that you use at least one identifiable element from the kit.

The point of this challenge is to support all kinds of creativity in different ways. You are allowed, encouraged even, to think of unusual and far-ranging ways to use these elements and make what your imagination calls forth.

When it comes to sharing the fruit of your creative labors – more is better! Share your projects on all your favorite social channels. Just be sure to make the one required post by the deadline for the gift code.  Please, keep it family friendly!

The deadline for posting is February 28, so sign up today and get your Pop Up Project going!


Pop Up Project