Why do you want to be more creative?

Have you ever found yourself wishing you were more creative, or daydreaming about taking up a creative hobby?

What would you create?

When we imagine being creative, we tend to think about the outcomes a lot – for example if you were able to take up painting, you could paint portraits of your family, or recreate that gorgeous landscape you took a photo of on holiday last year.

The what is different from the why

I think it is interesting that, other than the outcome, we often don’t really think about WHY we want to be more creative.

Creativity is about the process of making – of trying things out, learning, experimenting – and the time we spend in the act of making something.

An exercise to help you to think about why YOU want to create…..

Imagine you were going to spend 2 hours doing something creative – and then, to help with this exercise, try to imagine that what you were making won’t be finished at the end of this 2 hours, but that you could come back next week and finish it (to try to get past the idea of thinking about the end result).

The creative activity could be anything – painting, drawing, sewing, playing music, writing, pottery – anything. It might be attending a workshop or getting creative by yourself at home.

Have you got that image in your head?

Now, ask yourself what would that 2 hours of creative time give you? How would it make you feel? And how would it impact your life if you were able to do this every week or every month?

This can be different for everyone (there isn’t a right or wrong answer). It may be that you would like some downtime, or some time just for you away from the family. Perhaps you would like to do something that is completely different from your work, or you would like to be able to feel more playful. Maybe you would like to feel relaxed and calm, or to not watch as much TV!

Hold on to your answer. Maybe write it down or reflect on it. Or think about this part of the equation next time you are wondering whether to sign up to that creative evening course!

Making art – it’s personal

Whatever your answer, I believe that if we can uncover this for ourselves, we are much more likely to make time in our lives for being creative – and therefore being true to our creative selves!

Whatever your answer, I believe that if we can uncover this for ourselves, we are much more likely to make time in our lives for being creative – and therefore being true to our creative selves!

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