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Creative Opening 7 Day Cycle - Free!
The Creative Opening Cycle is designed to keep you alive to your creativity within a busy schedule. By spending only 10 - 30 minutes a day, and repeating the cycle weekly, you can come up with ideas, develop them and move toward your creative goals. Feel free to change or tweak these activities to suit you the best.
Sunday: Rough Art
Monday: Bad Art (with heartfelt expression)
Tuesday: Develop an idea
Take something that you made on Sunday or Monday and develop it in some way. You might add to it, work with it, adjust it, repeat parts of it, or change it in any other way. Or...Free day - create in any way you want, perhaps in a different medium than usual.
Examples: spend 15 minutes sketching your hand or a boot; sing an opera of the moment about whatever you feel, think or is happening around you; take photos of people or buildings on your street; tell a made up story to a child at bedtime; etc.
Wednesday: Free-write about your blocks
1. Write for 3 minutes starting with "I can't do ___ because..."
2. Write for 3 minutes starting with "I can...," directly challenging the "I can't" thoughts.
3. Write for 3 minutes starting with "I will..."
Thursday: Do one small thing
Choose something manageable from your "I can" or "I will" writing and do that today.
Friday: Take one step
Do one task that is a step or micro-step toward your long term creative goals.
Examples: Find out what classes are available at your local adult education center and choose one. Spend 15 minutes clearing space for your art. Buy a book about publishing or do research on the internet. Ask a friend to be a creative buddy for mutual support, ideas and accountability. Go to meetup.com and join one or two groups in your interest areas. Go to an open mike and listen. Call a creativity coach and talk about working with her.
Saturday: Fill the well
Renew yourself and receive inspiration from others by going to a museum, going out to hear music or dance, or walking in a beautiful place, taking photos. You can choose something that is an entirely different form of creative expression than your own.
For best results, start the cycle over again at the beginning of each week.