Creative Mondays #010 – Today…create.


So for today’s post it’s something a little different.  I’m not going to prattle on with my spineless drivel here, waxing poetic about my thoughts on creativity.  Wait, I think I just did.  Anyway, no, today is different.  Today, I’m going to challenge you, dear reader.  Today, whatever day it is your eyeballs are rolling past these words, I’m going to challenge you to create something.

Yes, today you are going to create something and you are going to finish it.  That is your challenge.  Start creating something today with the goal of simply getting it done before you go to bed.

Now, this doesn’t have to be The Mona Lisa or the next Great American Novel.  It can be small.  It can be tiny.  But your goal is to see it through, from start to finish, today.

Here’s some examples of what you could create today:

  • a haiku
  • a short story
  • a one hundred word story
  • a sketch
  • a quick painting
  • a simple sculpture out of clay (or even Play-Doh)
  • a short song
  • a short play
  • a computer graphic
  • take some pictures with your digital camera (or phone),
  • a found object sculpture
  • a short video (again, shot with your phone is fine)
  • draw a four panel comic strip
  • write some jokes
  • a pipe cleaner sculpture
  • a small wood carving
  • a limerick
  • a 6 second Vine
  • Arrange some flowers
  • etc.

There’s all these ideas and more.  Whatever strikes you from this list or from your mind, you are going to create it.  Try to pick something that you have all the supplies to create.  I don’t want to hear any, “I didn’t have any paint” excuses.  If you don’t have paint, draw.  Don’t let your brain put up roadblocks.  Just create.

But remember, it must be finished today.  Again, don’t make it too complicated.  Don’t get too fussy about the details.  Take your time, but realize that you are going to wrap it all up today, so there’s no sense in fussing over it.  This should be something that’s done in under twenty minutes or so.

And then, once your piece of art is complete, I want you to release it into the world by sharing it.  You can post it online on you blog or Facebook or you can just share it with someone in your life.

The purpose of today is to create something from start to finish and then share it.  The goal is to show you how easy it is to create something from start to finish and then how much fun it is to share it with someone else.  I promise you, if you post what you create on Facebook you’ll get a likes (unless you are like me and only have a dummy Facebook account simply to manage fan pages).  Even if you only get one like, your art has still made an impact on that person.  And if you create something to give to someone in person, you’ll get to see the effect that art has on them first hand.

Once you see how easy it is to create something and then share it, my hope is you’ll want to do it again tomorrow.  And the next day.  And the next day.

So….what did you create?  Care to share it in the comments below?  We’d love to see it!

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