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2 Approaches to Check Your Creativity

Check Your Creativity - The year long creative challenge! Click here to learn more and sign-up!

Last week I shared with you the details of Check Your Creativity, a year long creative challenge that I can’t wait to start! What would make it even better? If you joined me of course! For a refresher on the details or to sign-up, click here.

After last week’s email, one question I received was:

When thinking about taking on a year long creative project, I’m not sure that I can come up with 12 different creative ventures. Any thoughts?

Per usual, I have many thoughts on this.

Check Your Creativity was designed to be flexible to fit the needs of anyone who wants to join, but also to provide enough direction to keep you on track to having your most creative year yet. Taking this into account, you can complete Check Your Creativity anyway you want, but two approaches quickly come to mind:

  1. Choose one overarching creative venture for the year and make each month’s creative focus a different aspect of it. For example, if you chose photography, your year might look something like this:
  • September – Learning the basics of using your DSLR in manual mode
  • October – Composition
  • November – Lighting
  • December – Exposure
  • January – Depth of field
  • February – Perspective
  • March – Editing your photos
  • April – Focus on portrait photography
  • May – Focus on nature photography
  • June – Photo Challenge: take a photo at the same time everyday.
  • July – Photo Challenge: take a photo of all of the people you love
  • August – Photo Challenge: Go for a walk each day and photograph something outdoors

By going this route, you know what to expect each month. In addition, you will be continually building on your skill set so that by the end of the challenge you will be much more skilled than when you began. Finally, this also cuts down on any costs for the project. Assuming you already have your camera, you do not have to spend anything else for the rest of the challenge.

  1. If you decide that you were more interested in trying out 12 different creative ventures throughout the year, your year might look something like this:
  • September – sewing
  • October – knitting
  • November – photography
  • December – weaving
  • January – watercolors
  • February -crocheting
  • March – hand-lettering
  • April -acrylic painting
  • May – drawing
  • June – candle making
  • July – calligraphy
  • August – jewelry-making

By going this route, there is no chance of you getting bored! This is a great approach if you feel like you are someone who has several (or many) creative sparks, or even if you are still not sure what yours is and you want to experiment a little. This is also a great approach for people who have started many projects over the years (or even just bought the materials) but have not quite seen them to fruition (I’m definitely guilty of this). Check Your Creativity can be the kick in the butt you need to get going.

Remember, whichever route you choose, you can always change it later!!  So important to remember this. Even if it is in the middle of the month, if something is not working for you, can change it. You are in charge of everything.

In order to be ready for our September 1st kick-off, you need to sign-up here to download the calendar. Then, brainstorm ideas for your creative year. Remember, you really only need to decide what you will be focusing on in September.

Next week, I will show you how to quickly make a plan for the upcoming month’s creative focus so that you are ready to go when the 1st of each month rolls around.

Any questions about Check Your Creativity? Leave a comment or email me at greensandbluescoATgmail.com


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