Creativity Activities to Begin the New Year
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the
intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
Creativity is effort applied to problem-solving resulting in something that didn’t exist before. Creative play is anything that constructively enlivens your spirit while challenging your mind. While the brain helps organize the materials and the process, the mind/spirit supplies the energy and the daring and the questions necessary to find new answers.
Hobbies are also known as creative play. Think you don’t have time for a hobby? Find activities that are creatively productive but that add dimension to your writing as well. However, it is advisable to engage in creative play outside the writing world. Perhaps you will see how writing is connected, even foundational, to all the arts in some way.
Creative Play Tips
- Collage: Spend no more than 3 hours creating a collage from magazine cut-outs that relates to some aspect of your current writing project.
- Letters: Write a letter, poem, or journal entry as one of the characters from your current work-in-progress.
- Positive Affirmations: Use index cards and create a set of positive affirmation cards for yourself that encourage you to stay on task, finish a certain number pages, send queries, etc. Carry one per day in your pocket.
- Scrapbook: Create a scrapbook page about some honor or goal for your writing. Put a picture of yourself writing on the page and state the honor/goal.
- Contact me: Write a letter to me.
- Connect: Attend a writing conference.
- View Art: See a play, art exhibit, or a movie.
- Exercise & Write: Take a walk with a small notepad and pen. Stop and make notes about anything that pops into your mind.
- Gaming the Old Fashioned Way: Play cards or a board game with family and friends.
10. Color: Color in a coloring book. Draw or paint.
What creative ideas are you planning for the new year?
Be well, write well.