Here’s an exercise and thought experiment for you:
If you were to come up with words that best describe your experience of creating, what would they be?
Here are some of mine:
Experimentation, improvisation, exploratory studies, ineffable, mysterious, unknown, not knowing, what if?, aliveness, play, uncertain, surprise, discovery, innovative, potent, idiosyncratic, wonder, wondrous, radical, imagination, lyrical, musical, awe, circuitous, trickster, curiosity, inquiry, why not?
What words come to mind for you?
One powerful exercise is to create a mind map of these words. For example you can place the word “Creativity” or “My Experience of Creating” in the center of the wall or paper or board. Make it prominent or circle it. Then, place your words around the central words.
Playing with words and ideas liberates your mind and activates your creativity. This is one of the ways I play with ideas for Art Bundles, working in a series as well as how I map out blog posts and the writing of my forthcoming book.
I encourage you to play with this.
You can use your wall and post-its or an illustration board. You could also do this online but I think there’s something powerful about writing it out by hand and the tangible feel of paper on board.
Let me know what you think about words and creativity. Hit reply and comment below.
From my studio to yours,