Creativity Workshop

If Your Creativity Had a Face

What does your creativity look like? Can you see its face? Do you hear its voice? One way to strengthen your relationship with creativity is to bring it to life through personification and metaphor.

Give your creativity a form and a personality.

Begin talking to it during the day and listen for what it says back. I encourage you to take your time with this post and return to it throughout the week. I’ve included some options for you to play with. Pick one each day.


Act One
By Jessica Outram

large desk faces audience

enter me stage left
this isn’t what I wanted

enter jar stage right
I thought this was a bar…

who are you?

jar

you don’t look like—

but that’s what I am
 
everyone knows jars don’t talk

I could help 
collect things

do you offer wishes? 
I’d wish—

you’re confusing me with a lamp 
I’m jar
see glass walls 
twisty aluminum lid 
any wishes in this?

not that I—

I’m empty, a container, 
a vessel to collect 
whatever you desire

I’m trying to collect my—

thought jar
not bad 
what about a curse jar? 
more fun

I’ve got a list, see—

I only have so much space

blackout



Make a Daily Commitment

Put aside 5-10 minutes every day this week to write. Hold yourself accountable for showing up to the page even if you don’t know what to write.

Play with a scene where you talk to your creative muse. Google quotes by Rainer Marie Rilke and freewrite whatever comes from the one that stands out for you on the screen. Paint a picture of creativity’s face.


What Inspires You?

In this video, I explore the metaphor of ‘fingerprints’ for the Creativity & Process Spiral. The work this week is to reflect on what inspires you, what prevents you from writing, and what questions you want to explore.

Why do you want to write?


Let’s Create:

Engaging with prompts gives us an opportunity to play, to make new connections, and to further develop our ideas. Try one of these!


Build Your Own Creativity in a Jar

They are easy to make. The jar makes the creative exploration more fun!

  1. Begin with a jar.
  2. Add a list of things that will inspire you to action that you can use when your process feels sluggish.
  3. Cut, fold, and place into your jar.
  4. Decorate your jar to make it inviting!


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