You are A Creative Minx, Whether You Like It or Not By Felicia Spahr
I recently ran across a creative, super-fantastic blog and site by Felicia Spahr and fell in love with her style. As they say, Fel’s got swag! There’s so many fun resources on her site for writers and anyone who wants to be more creative, and who doesn’t? I asked her to stop by and share with my readers about creativity. So without further ado, here’s Fel:
You Are A Creative Minx, Whether You Like It Or Not By Felicia Spahr
What if buildings were built in the shape of wings? What if weddings morphed into a glorious love tour that families and friends of couples would fund so they can consummate their love around the world? What if you redesigned your life according to a new set of rules you’ve never explored or heard of before?
These are the kind of thoughts that spring from a mind brimming with creativity—not something you need to be born with, not a trait only a select few of us are given. In fact, let’s redefine creativity for a hot sec: the ability to connect seemingly unrelated ideas and use insights to solve problems, connect with people, and make your own life a little more sparkly. Notice something: I don’t mention anything about art, painting, or ‘making stuff’.
So, that’s exciting. The part about how creativity isn’t a label for a select group of people, despite how badly we want to think that is so.
Let’s have a little fun with this:
- Objectify. Look at an object in front of you, next to you, above you. [Wherever your pretty little eyes go first.] Take note of what the function of that object is. Then think: what else could this object do? Something that has nothing to do with its original intended function?
- Doodlebomb. Take out a scrappy bit of paper. Your favorite post-it, an enormous piece you just ripped out of your notebook with only one page left in it. Draw a squiggle. Any sort of squiggle. Now take a step back. Look at it. Now take 5-10 minutes to make it or draw it into something else. Notice your use of space, the lines that confine you or free you.
- Sing-a-long. Look next to you. What two words do you see? Use them to make a song. Wha? You heard me. If Katy Perry can write about aliens, and Lady Gaga can write about monsters, you can write an adorable, sloppy little song, too. If you dare, sing it out loud. If not, fist pump for your creative adventurousness.
Thoughts? I hope, at least, that was your creative juicing for the day.
And while we’re talking about creativity, that little guy is one of the reasons why I’ve been able to design this life of freedom I have [and am working towards] and was the seed that blossomed into my new booky-wook [yeap, stole that from Russell Brand]: 30 Days of Delicious Writing Fun. Innovative ways to sculpt a sexy mind, drink creative juice for breakfast, and set you and your wild, precious ideas free.
I wrote it because I decided to remix the writing life. What’s with the weird, sad people sitting alone in a room complaining about life and all things tragedy? And the other people, saying that in order to write, to be really great, you must be that kind of person? Hogwash! Writing is a rip-roaring adventure—why? Because when you understand how you work, how you want to write, and what you really want to write about, you set yourself and your precious little ideas free. Out in the world where they belong, because they’re too good not to share. So if all of that sounds delicious to you, see if it’s something you’d like to have in your precious little life. And while you’re at it, go ahead. Admit that you are creative. Or, redefine the idea for yourself 😉
Michelle again. I have Fel’s book and it’s mind expanding fun that will get your creative side up and dancing, so go check it out. We’d love to hear any thoughts on creativity and your experiences trying any of Fel’s exercises. Come on, if you wrote a song, we want to see the lyrics. To prove it, I’m giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of March. I’ll put everyone’s name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around April 1st. Then I’ll email the winner with the details if I have access to their e-mail or you can check back here around the first and e-mail me if you’re the winner.
Love and Alchemy,