Just create something. Everyday.
I love to read books about creativity and the artist’s process. It’s fascinating to learn the stories of authors, artists and other creatives and learn about their how they create their works. And there’s a common theme I’ve noticed in all of them.
No matter what. Sit down and create something everyday.
Writers will talk about how they sit down in front of their computer/typewriter/notebook, set a timer, and just write. What comes out might be trash. Or it might be the start of your next great novel. It’s a discipline. It’s showing up everyday and getting the words out of your head and onto the paper. (Which is how I’m writing the first draft of this post by the way – I try to write at least five minutes each morning before work).
I’ve found many artists of all mediums have similar methods. If you’re struggling to decide on what to create, just get out your paints and create something. Cut out those pictures and start piecing together the collages. Doodle until the picture starts to form. Again, what comes out of this might not look like much, but it will lead to greater things.
Helping our students to create something everyday
I remember having daily journal prompts in several of my middle and high school English classes. I loved this, because they got me writing everyday. They gave me something to start with. And they let me create something.
How can we empower our students, in our makerspaces, in our classrooms, in our libraries, to create everyday? Can we have materials always set out and available? A daily or weekly prompt or design challenge? Maybe even a set time, like five minutes at the beginning of class, to just tinker and create without worrying about what the end goal is or what their grade will be. I think we would be amazed at what comes of it.
While we’re on the subject, here’s a few of my favorite books on creativity and the artist’s process:
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
- Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
- Show your Work!
- The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it For Life
- Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential in Us All
Do you have a creativity book recommendation? Leave a comment and let us know 🙂