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Creativity Masterclass: How To Start A Creativity Journal for Creative Inspiration

teacher avatar Tatiana Ambrose, Helping You To Be Creative & Productive

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Lessons in This Class

41 Lessons (1h 27m)
    • 1. Introduction to Starting your Creativity Journal

      0:46
    • 2. Your Creativity Journal from Start to Finish

      11:44
    • 3. Writing with Music Introduction

      0:59
    • 4. Writing Exercise Using Music #1

      2:37
    • 5. Writing Exercise Using Music #2: Environment

      1:11
    • 6. Writing Exercise Using Music #3:Emotional Trigger

      1:42
    • 7. Writing Exercise Using Music #4: 5 words

      0:30
    • 8. Writing Exercise Using Music #5: Image

      1:30
    • 9. Tips to Improve Daily Writing in Your Creativity Journal

      9:03
    • 10. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 1

      1:29
    • 11. My Story Idea Result

      2:06
    • 12. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 2

      1:46
    • 13. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 3

      1:15
    • 14. Sharing My Journal Results For Exercise 3

      1:36
    • 15. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 4

      1:07
    • 16. My 10-year-old Diary Entry

      1:39
    • 17. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 5

      1:54
    • 18. CWC SS result 5 doesnt mention sharing results

      1:43
    • 19. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 6

      2:18
    • 20. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 7

      2:13
    • 21. Sharing My Fun Exercise Result

      1:57
    • 22. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 8

      1:30
    • 23. My Journal Result For Exercise 8

      0:43
    • 24. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 9

      1:26
    • 25. My Shocking Results

      0:54
    • 26. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 10

      1:28
    • 27. My 30 Results

      1:21
    • 28. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 11

      1:00
    • 29. My Journal Results For Exercise 11

      1:13
    • 30. My Creativity Journal Results For Exercise 11

      1:13
    • 31. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 12

      1:11
    • 32. My Funny Moment Results

      3:53
    • 33. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 13

      1:03
    • 34. My Exercise 13 Creative Journal Results

      2:01
    • 35. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 14

      1:09
    • 36. My Sky Blue Color Result

      0:57
    • 37. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 15

      1:50
    • 38. My Backwards Creativity Journal Results

      2:02
    • 39. Using History For Creative Ideas

      8:03
    • 40. Final thoughts Starting Your Creativity Journal

      1:20
    • 41. Continue Learning With Me

      1:23
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About This Class

This is an introductory class to starting your very own creative journal. A creative journal can provide creative inspiration for when you are creatively stuck and motivate you to get back into your creativity if life has distracted you.

In the long run, a creative journal can give you insight into what you find creatively inspiring and how you get back into your creative mindset ASAP. A creative journal is a great way to boost your creativity if you are ever creatively stuck.

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Creative Journal Class Goals:

  • Insight into what is a creativity journal
  • How to start writing in your creative journal
  • How to start a creative journal daily writing habit
  • What to avoid writing about in your journal
  • Bonus: Over 15 different creative writing journal exercises that will help you to start filling out your creative journal today and inspire new ideas

If you are ready to start a creative journal that will provide long-term creative inspiration enroll in this creativity class today!

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Tatiana Ambrose

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1. Introduction to Starting your Creativity Journal: Hi there. Welcome to the introductory course to starting your very own creative journal. Now, there are so many different reasons for how a creative journal will benefit you. But some of the main reasons why is if you're creatively stuck. If you don't have any inspiration to go off your creative journal is gonna be the key to give you that inspiration to give you that motivation to get you going on your creative journey from what is a creative journal? How is a creative journal supposed to look like? What do you write in your great of journal? All of that is gonna be covered in this class. So if you are ready to get started on your creative journal, go ahead and roll in this class and I'll see you on the inside. 2. Your Creativity Journal from Start to Finish: Let's start with what is a creativity journal, a journal, The documents, any thoughts, ideas or emotions in may sound like a diary, and yes, it is very similar. But a diary is about your day. Usually it's mainly emotionally charged as well. A creative journal can be looked upon mawr as a drink. Sometimes your dreams are very vivid visual to where you remember a clear beginning and end . And other times you only remember the thing that woke you up like falling off a cliff. And when you hear Journal, most people imagine a bound book type of journal. But let me clear this up. I want your creativity German to be anything you want. Anything you want. A binder with paper, a notebook, a homemade do yourself bound book. It doesn't matter. I wanted decorated for inspiration or by a notebook that already has just the right inspirational cover and stands out from the rest of your journals and notebooks at home. Basically, when you pick out or make your creative journal, think of it this way. If you lost your creativity journal in a pile of 50 other creative journals, would you be able to describe it to your friend helping you look for it? Or will your friend be confused among the other generic journals and binders that look just like yours? So a quick recap the first part of starting a creative e journal is you have to have a journal binder notebook that is unique with a personalized cover that makes you smile, feel happy or relaxed when you take it with you to write any creative inspirations in it. Now, the second question I want to answer for you is, when do you have your creates every journal with you? If you guess always, you are right. Yet realistically, I know this may be hard to dio, so I would recommend having a specific time set aside to write in your journal every day. If I don't have my creativity journal with me, I simply jot it down in my phone and look back over my phone notes to write down and expand on them in my creativity journal later on in the day. Even though you may not have your creativity journal with you at all times, the one major thing I do not do not do not want you to do is get an idea and think, Wow, I'm going to write that down in my journal when I get home. If you have anything worth writing down in your creativity journal, I want you to jot it down within 10 minutes of having that idea or thought in your head. As you get older, your mind begins to multitask, and sometimes what you thought you were going to remember ends up being for gotten. And no matter how hard you try to remember, sometimes it's a loss thought. So don't fall into this trap. Write it down within 10 minutes of thinking about it. The next topic I want to cover is the intimidation of a blank creativity journal. What do you write in it? I want you to write about anything that stands out to you that is odd or new, or you just seem to be pulled towards this. So what do all these words really mean? I want you to get into the habit of writing in your creativity journal at least once a day every other day at the least, so every day there should be something that stands out to you, something you can get out of your head, a new thing you learned or something odd you saw or experience that you never have. Prior to this moment in your life. You don't have to fill out an entire page or even half a page. The goal is to not focus on length. It is the value of what you have written about. It could be multiple thoughts with short descriptions. Or you can write about an awesome experience or simply draw what caught your eye today. Guess what? You don't even have to have lines in your journal. Or if your journal is college ruled, you do not have to Right on those lines. This is your journal your rules. I can't tell you what or how to write in your creativity journal because each journal will be unique and personalized to you. If you want to look up, ideas, go for it. But at the end, the day you will start filling out your creativity journal with things that will be used for your creative inspiration in the future. Going along with what you should write were drawn. Your Creativity journal. Is there anything that you should try to avoid? Writing about Yes, One type of emotion on Lee, Any negative emotion. The only exception to this rule is if it doesn't involve you. So if there was a surprising bar fight and you wanted to capture that experience in your creativity journal, okay. But if you are writing about anything emotionally negative involving you, how you're depressed, the loneliness of today, your recent break up etcetera big? No, because these are such strong negative emotions you are risking reliving that moment, getting caught up in your thoughts when you re read this later on in the future. But if you're adamant and determined to write about these negative emotions, sure, I'm not saying you can't but write them elsewhere like your diary. Not your creativity journal, because when you go back and re read anything everything in your creativity journal, I want you to think, get motivated and draw creative inspiration from your journal, not get sucked back in internally on your negative emotions. I really want you to see the difference and understand that your negative experiences and emotions should not be written down in your creativity journal ever because then it turns into a diary. Not your creativity Journal. There is a difference between the two and what they're used for. Now, the key to your creative journal really being an extraordinary creativity tool is to always remind yourself to switch things up. When it comes to creative Inspiration Day Today you may fall into a routine of writing down what you see between people or a color scheme that works really well, and it's pleasing to your eye that you constantly right about this is okay. And if this is your very first creative journal, don't be too hard on yourself. Or put so much mental pressure on yourself that writing in your Creativity journal turns into a chore or a negative experience for you. Eventually, once you start getting more comfortable writing down things daily in your creativity journal, what I want you to start doing is challenging yourself to find something unique from a perspective you haven't mentioned before in your Creativity journal. For example, if you love nature and constantly writing creative ideas, thoughts, drawings, images of trees, this puts you into a routine. So what you could do is a couple of times the tree that fascinates you do explore its in your Creativity journal, but eventually zoom out from the tree and begin to notice other things about and around the nature. Aside from the tree, always push yourself to notice the small details others may miss. Vary your creative journal ideas, imagery. So when you need inspiration about grass, guess what you will have that base covered because you're not just stuck and in love with a specific tree. Now, once you have your creativity journal started, as in, you have a couple of pages filled out. What's the next step? I usually end up doing one of two things. I either mix and match or I go off of my mood. So for the mix and match, you will basically brainstorm or combine different ideas to see what you can come up with. So, for example, if you have a situation with a dog and on another day this awesome event happened at a concert, can you combine the two to form into a unique encounter or story? That's one way to take your creativity to next level. Then let's take a look at the mood aspect, so some days you are in love with life. Other days you feel completely relaxed. Yes, there will be days when you're feeling silly board or thinking It's just not your day on these days. If you choose to open your journal for creative inspiration, it will be strictly based on your mood, because that will influence your mind, your thoughts, the creative path you're mentally going to take from what is in your creative journal. I know when I'm in a really bold or goofy mood, I will create a video or a piece of artwork and then the following week be in a completely different mindset. So then, when I do look back onto my previous week, I'm thinking, Wow, that happened. Thanks, mind you really went all out, so you will definitely surprise yourself. But going with your mood is not always about thing. So now let me push you forward to start actually writing in your creative journal that you have chosen. Here are some of the different things you can write about what color stuck out to today. What was the first thought associated with this color? What surprised you today from watching people interact? What do you remember the most? What texture stuck out to today? Why Do you remember it so vividly? What was the last dream that woke you up or made you not want to wake up? Draw one thing you do not want to forget what would be the first thing you notice about a person If you couldn't see, I want you to go to a new place you haven't been to. And just write down what you see. Smell, taste, touch. And here, at this new location, how do you describe darkness? What is one thing that motivated you to get up this morning? When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? How did you step outside your comfort zone today? What is the saltiest food item you ate today? How do you describe the facial expression of someone and thought What makes a rock unique and special in nature? What was your favorite daydream today? Your favorite surface to step on and bare feet. What does happy feel like? What did your taste that was outside your comfort zone? And what was your reaction to it? 3. Writing with Music Introduction: Hi. Are you a writer or someone that loves to write but are currently experiencing writer's block or looking for further creative inspiration? If so, this is the class for you. My name is Tatiana Ambrose. And in this class, we are going to be using music specifically your own style favorite taste genre of music to draw creative inspiration from for your next writing peace. Now, this is what is gonna make the class so unique. I am not gonna be forcing you to listen to specific type of music. You are gonna be choosing the type of music, that type of song you want to listen to in draw creative inspiration from as we go through this class because you have probably completed many writing props and you are now stuck into that comfort routine zone. So let's get out of your comfort zone. Try something new all the while listening to your favorite type of music. 4. Writing Exercise Using Music #1: welcome. So before we jump into any exercise, I do want to remind you to not censor yourself or look for the right answer because there isn't gonna be a right answer. And if you start looking for the right answer, you're gonna censor your thoughts because you are now going to be limited yourself to Onley . One answer now what do I mean by not censoring herself looking for the right answer? So say we are going through an exercise and the song is about how a person went through a break up at a park. Now, if I ask you about the environment, you are not going to be saying, Well, it's the park, obviously. Okay, Yes, the environment is the park in the song. But listening to the lyrics you are sent to yourself because you think there is only one answer and it's the park. When in turn this is what I want you to really do when you're listening to a song. So the singer is talking about a break up out of park. You're listening to song and before you know what you're reminiscing about, your break up where you had a rough day at work. You come home, you call your significant other, expecting to just vent about your day, and it turns out you get dumped. Now the environment is you just got home from work, so it's probably your home environment. Whether it's apartment, whether it's a house, here's the thing. When it comes to writing, you don't want to just focus on someone else's experiences. You are listening to a song that you can tie and relate and connect to, and then take that emotion and put it into your writing. I want you to not only listen to the music but connect to the music and then use your creativity to liven up your writing. So let's move over to her first exercise. Okay, so for your first exercise, I want you to pick out one song you're gonna use. Pause this video if needed to pick out a song and press play when you're ready. Once you have picture song, I want you to listen to song and then right for half a page on Who do you think of when you're listening to this song? Is it family, friends, ex current boyfriend? It could even be your pet. There is no restrictions. There is no censoring. There is no right answer. So listen to your song. And then right half a page on who you are thinking off. 5. Writing Exercise Using Music #2: Environment: All right. So for exercise to I want you to once again have another song ready to go. So for this exercise, I want you to listen to your song and then write about the environment of the song. So again, this is going back to our not censoring, as in, you're not gonna just pick an environment that the song is talking about. You're gonna listen to the song you're gonna think about the song. And then what environment do you envision while listening to that song? And it could be completely and off the wall opposite emotion environment that you are thinking of. Well, listening to the song based on your current mood. So if the song is talking about summer fun at the pool and all, Son, you're listening to song and you're thinking about the moment that you almost drowned while swimming at the beach. That is fine. You are going to write about that experience, but focus on what environment comes to mind while listening to song number two and then write about it 6. Writing Exercise Using Music #3:Emotional Trigger: Okay, So do you have song number three ready to go? If so, let's move on to the next exercise. Now, for this exercise, I want you listen to song number three and focus on what emotion do you feel from the song ? So, for example, if you're listening to a song and it has a sad tone to it, you're gonna be thinking Well, obviously I'm feeling a little bit more mellow. Little bit sad. But why are you feeling sad? Do you have any specific situations that you're tying into this song relating to this song that is causing you to be sad And is there anything further? Is the sadness turning into anger? Is the sadness turning into being grateful? And what is this emotion correlating to when it comes to you as a person? You from memories you with your experiences and this can also go onto the happy spectrum. So if you're listening to a really upbeat, happy song and you think of a favorite childhood memory right about that emotion, how did you feel in that moment? How did that emotion fade or escalate to even a further emotion? Say, from your happiness to turned into, ah, giggle fit of laughter. Or from that happiness you went and you were in a really peaceful state of mind. It was a great time during the summer moment. Right about that, but really zone in on your emotion for song number three. 7. Writing Exercise Using Music #4: 5 words: Hi. So for your next exercise, you should have your new song ready to go. I want you to listen to the song and pick out five words or five sentences that really stick out to you and use thes sentences to either write a letter, write a poem or a short story. 8. Writing Exercise Using Music #5: Image: Hi. So Harry's you and so far with these exercises, hopefully awesome. If you have any questions or you're confused, feel free till let me know. I'm more than happy to give you any additional feedback, but let's continue on to our next exercise. So you should have a new song Ready to go, and what I want you to do is to listen to the song all the way through. And typically, most songs have an album cover that they come from. So I want you to take a look at the album cover and see if this album cover can add anything new to this song, or how this song adds any new additional information to the album cover. So, for example, if you're listening to a song and in house to do with enjoying life and the photo is of a really bright sun, how do they correlate to each other? How does the song impact this son image? How does the sun image impact this song that you have listened to? I want you to really break it down. What does this image symbolize? What this this image stand for? And how does the song help empower the image? Or how does the image impact the song 9. Tips to Improve Daily Writing in Your Creativity Journal: One finds your motivation. Before we get any further, I want you to answer one question. What is your motivation for writing? And I'm talking about your real motivation. Why do you write? This is the most important step because without motivation, without understanding your clear motivation, you may never develop a habit of writing every day. Real motivation drives u, satisfies you and as long-term. But fake motivation does the opposite. It comes in short bursts and it can only be sustained. Short-term. Motivation also comes from knowing who you are as a person and what you want to do with your life. You may be thinking, well, Tatyana, ME, I still don't know what I want to do with my life, but I'm passionate about writing. It helps me cope with life and in a way distresses me. That right there, I would say, is motivation enough? You have passion for writing. That's the burning desire that will motivate you long-term. Once you build upon the motivation and start building a habit. Two small timeframe. Once you've figured out your true motivation, it is time to start building your consistent writing habit. So when it comes to writing, some people write when they feel like it. But the problem with this is that it's not a habit. I'm looking for consistency, and with consistency comes writing every day. The first step in building a habit is to start small. Each day. I want you to write for five minutes. Now along with this, I also want you to pick a specific time each day for this five-minute writing session. Do not just fit it in whenever. And I'm not talking about a specific time on the dot. To me personally, that's too strict. Unless you're someone that prefers specific time, then go for it. I want you to look at building your writing habit like brushing your teeth. We all brush our teeth at least twice a day. It's a habit, but we don't typically have a specific time. We must brush our teeth by same with building your writing habit, pick a timeframe instead of a specific time. Will you write for five minutes when you wake up before you get out of bed? Will you write while having your morning coffee or during your lunch period? Or maybe before bed? Three, just right now, once you pick a timeframe to write, I want you to write, not edit, not write for two minutes and edit for three minutes, just right. The editing part can come later. So if you are working on a poem, a book, or just writing in your creativity journal, do not waste your five minutes writing and then rereading, and then writing some more or writing and then editing just right from here on forward. For I'm bored with it. I hear this from anyone. My first that will be Why did you start writing it? But I will admit that too much of one thing for an extended amount of time can sometimes get boring. So if you are feeling like your brain is fried on a topic you have been writing about. Switch it up, but don't break your five-minute writing session. So the first week you may work on your short story than the next week, you write in your creativity journal, and the following week you update your diary. Now you feel refreshed, have new ideas, and return back to writing your short story. This is one way to switch things up without breaking your five-minute writing session. Five, I skipped a day. This is bound to happen at 1 or another for whatever reason. But what do you do about it? Do you just add on the time to your next day? And if you skip another day, just added on to the next day and the next day and the next day, it's a yes and no. If you skip a day, you can only add five minutes to the next day for a total of ten minutes. After the ten minutes, it's useless and need to start at five minutes. Because if you add time past the ten minute mark, you are now starting to reinforce procrastination. And before you know it, you have 45 minutes of writing. And this does 0 good for building a habit. So if you skip more than one day, start back at the five-minutes and continue writing. But for the skip day, I do want you to take a quick minute at the end of the day and summarize what you are going to write about. So the next day when you can jump right into your ten minute writing session, you can glance over to your notes and not have to waste time trying to recall what happened yesterday, what you're gonna write about yesterday, if you skip more than a day of writing for only five minutes, remember that this is only hurting you and is just going to prolong building your writing habit. Six, How long? The last popular question for building a writing habit is, how long do I write for the five minutes each day? I personally will tell you one full month. If you can write for just five minutes every day for a month, then the next month, you can start to challenge yourself and move up to ten minutes a day. If you absolutely love the five-minute writing session and want to stay at that timeframe, Go for it. There isn't a specific timeframe of writing. But remember, the longer you write every day, the faster you will have a completed book, The more inspiration you will have in your creativity journal. I'm always going to encourage you to push yourself, but only you will find your perfect writing time that works for you every day. So now to recap everything and have a cheat sheet for you to glance over. One, find your motivation for writing. To start with five-minute writing session every day. Three, you only write no editing during your writing sessions. For if you start getting bored, switch it up to a different writing project. But don't ever stop your writing sessions. Five, don't skip more than one day. If you do, start fresh at five minutes, six, do this for one month. And then you can either stick with the five-minute timeframe or bump it up to ten minutes for the next month. Your end goal is to find your perfect everyday writing session timeframe, whether it's five minutes, ten minutes, 30 minutes. Experiment with this and figure out what is that perfect number. So how are you feeling at the end of this class? Do you have your writing goals in place and ready to start building a habit of writing every day. It is always good to reevaluate your writing goals and motivation every month because things change and sometimes you have to adapt. But at the end of the day, it comes down to you your motivation and priorities. If you have true motivation for writing, you will prioritize this at the top of your list. And if not, you're going to start procrastinating on it sooner or later. Now as a bonus, because I truly and sincerely want you to succeed with building a habit of writing every day. I want to share with you a great website. It is story a day.org. As you can see right from the headline, geared towards getting you to write every day. This website not only has writing prompts on a daily basis, but great for inspiration if you are stuck in a specific section of your writing, this website has so much information on it that you can use for your five-minute writing sessions. So if this is your first time being introduced and hearing of this website, I highly recommend you to check it out, bookmark it for later inspiration and motivation in building your habit of writing every day. Now we have reached the end of this class for your class project, I simply want you to introduce yourself and let me know what your motivation for writing is. Why do you write? What motivates you? Thank you so much for choosing to enroll in this class. I hope to see you again. 10. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 1: So for practice activity number one, let's get right into it. So for this first activity, I want you to list a unique fact or a secret about you on your piece of paper. Then I want you to turn that fact or secret into a poem or a short story about a character that is not U, that contains this unique fact or secret about them. Now the purpose of this exercise is the fact that so many times we have burdens. We feel like we're not good enough. But we have all these different unique facts, unique experiences, and even secrets that we carry with us that make us unique, that make us different, that make us who we are. So now, no, I am not going to take it easy on you guys. I want you to write down that fact or that secret and turn that into a poem or a short story. So go ahead, pause this video at this time, complete the exercise. And once you're ready for me to share my results with you, continue on to the next lecture. 11. My Story Idea Result: All right, so for my unique fact is the fact that I have been bitten, have scars from three different dogs throughout my lifetime. Now with this fact, I am going to turn it into a potential story. So basically I start out with a girl named Trace. She's also known as the lucky three because she has gotten attacked from three different dogs. But she is still alive and she lives in a village where they have a lot of livestock gardens. And of course, they are a target by dogs, Quixote's, Wolfe's. And so the village is extra careful when it comes to these type of predators. But from when she was little to now about in her teenage years, she has been bit three different times and is still alive. So this is my potential storyline from my unique fact I'm gonna to a completely different character. Now before we continue on, I also want to point out that in this creative writing workshop, there is no censoring, There is no judging. So basically what I mean by that is that you're not focused on the right grammar, the right sentence structure, the right spelling. I focused on getting you to think creatively, get your thoughts down on paper. Then after you have gone through this creative writing course, if you really like one of your exercise results, feel free to take that, expand it. And that is when you're going to apply all the censoring, all the editing to it. But in this class, spelling, censoring anything related to judging and criticizing your piece of work for any of your exercises is not allowed. I want your creativity up and you cannot reach your full creative potential by censoring, being judgmental and constantly criticizing your work, or stopping, re-reading an editing over and over and over. 12. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 2: Now for practice activity number two, Some of you may have already enrolled and completed my creativity workshop, where I had you people watch to get creative inspiration. So when it comes to creative writing, you may be stumped, not have any inspiration, or just not even having a clue on what to write about. You're looking at a piece of paper and nothing is coming to you. So for this exercise, I want you to eavesdrop. That's right. Whenever you're out in public, you don't need to carry your notebook, but have something where you can jot down any snippets of conversation as you pass people by. You don't have to be creepy about it. You just simply do your thing, walk around and be aware of the people around you and the conversations they're having. Write those down and then from those snippets, create your story or poem. Now, to keep you here with me without breaking the concentration of this course, breaking your practice activity, your creative writing exercises. I'm gonna give you three of my latest eavesdrop snippets that I've heard around me. And I want you to take only one of those and create your writing piece, whether it's a poem or whether it's a story. Mm-hm. 13. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 3: For practice activity number three, I want you to now imagine you are going to be writing a poem for someone that can no longer see when you're writing this poem. I want you to focus on your census. I want this poem to focus on bringing out emotion, being vivid. Really painting a picture for someone that can no longer see. Now, if you caught on, yes, I set a poem. Some of you might not be into writing poems, but you have to step outside of your comfort zone out of what you are comfortable writing about in order to have that breakthrough. Again, this is all to get you outside of your comfort zone. Get your creativity out. So go ahead, pause this lecture, decide on what type of emotion you want to focus on. Whether it's relaxation, love, loss, happiness, confusion, emptiness. What type of emotion do you want your poem to deliver? And then go ahead and start writing. And then when you're ready, go ahead and press play, and I will be here ready to share my results with you. 14. Sharing My Journal Results For Exercise 3: All right, so for exercise number three, I chose the emotion of depression. So how would someone that is depressed feel? They have that lack of energy. They don't wanna do anything. They like the darkness and they sometimes just want to sleep. They don't wanna do anything. They just want to be left alone. So putting a dark sheet over my window, my feet Covered in socks, the ground full of white flurries, my eyes and a frown, climbing slow into bed and pulling the covers over my face today just needs to end. So very rough draft. Once again, as you can see, I'm not focused about punctuation. I am focused on emotion. And this emotion with the imagery needs to portray depression. Now, is this a cliched form of depression? In a way from my first draft, I am thinking, yes. So when I go back in and I edit this poem, I'm going to really emphasize the depression, that darkness without using a bed, most likely, I'll probably take that portion out, maybe have the person doing something in the kitchen that portrays depression. So as you can see, again, I want you to just write, I don't need you to have perfect spelling, perfect grammar, each line to have the perfect number of words. No, just focus on the raw imagery, the emotion that you're trying to deliver. The rest is going to come when you edit a second, third, fourth time around. 15. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 4: And welcome back. Now for this writing exercise, we are going to take it away back to the first memory of you writing. Now, this is not you writing because the teacher or your parents or whoever else forced you to write. This is the first memory of you writing an actually being excited about it. No one had to force you. You just could not wait to get that pen on the piece of paper. And a few key points I want you to focus on while you are writing about your very first writing experience is, what was the motivation behind it? Was it a dream? Was that a conversation you were having with someone? Was it just a random thought that you were just like, yes, I need to get this on a piece of paper. Write net. And why do you remember it so vividly? So go ahead, pause this video and complete the writing piece of your very first memory of you writing. What was it about? What was the motivation behind it, and why do you remember it so vividly? 16. My 10-year-old Diary Entry: So I went in and I dug out my diaries because I know the very first entry in my diary is the very, very first memory where I remember that it actually wanted to write. So I got this cute circle notebook from limited too, and I just started writing. I don't know why. I don't know what motivated me to write, but my first memory was December 24th, two thousand. So I was ten years old. And basically it says Hello, it's me, Tatyana, it's cold. I'm cold. I am excited because tomorrow is Christmas Day. Yea, right now I am by the hitter, which should have been heater. And then in the yellow, which you might not be able to see, you have to hold it at an angle. But it says, I won't sleep good because Santa is coming by smiley face. So from this diary entry, it's a while back. I don't remember writing word for word, but I know I was excited about Santa. And I vividly remember sitting by the floor vent. We have wooden floors and I was sitting by the floor but warming at my feet, writing in his diary, I remember making Rudolf Snow's Red and drawing the jingle bell. Those I remember so vividly, but that is my personal memory from the very first time that I wrote and I wanted to write at ten years old. 17. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 5: Moving right along. So in this practice activity, anger is one of the strongest emotions. Anger can sometimes make you do very, very irrational things. So this is where we're going to think back on your latest thing that made you very angry. And now I want you to fill in the missing blanks of this whole, entire scenario. Now you might be a little bit confused. So let me give you an example. So say that you have a really good neighbor that you're super close with. And one day you're pulling into your driveway and you see your neighbor slash good friend taking one of the packages off your doorstep and sneaking behind a shrub. By the time you pull in, they're no longer there. You go to confront them and they are completely denying it. When you physically saw them, take the package off of your doorstep. So your fuming mad, you don't trust them, but they're missing blanks, right? What was the motivation of your neighbor taking the package off of your doorstep? Why did the neighbor take the package off of your doorstep? These are unanswered questions. These are the fill in the blanks. And this is what I want you to right about. Now. This is not a fuming letter of, I don't know why they did this. Baba. No, I want you to create a story, use the latest situation that got you angry and fill in the blanks to form a story. So go ahead and get your thinking cap on. Think of the latest time that you got very angry. You have unanswered questions and fill in those blanks by writing a story. 18. CWC SS result 5 doesnt mention sharing results: So for my exercise results, the last situation that made me angry was when I was in line with three other people. And this older lady, I'd say she was in her sixties, cuts everyone off, walks to the next available checkout machine. A new should have senior faces. We were like What in the world she got confront us, she got mad. It just wasn't a good situation. But so the unanswered questions I would have about this whole entire situation was why did she cut everyone off? Why did she get mad when she was confronted, was it just a defense mechanism? And what happened when she returned home? So for my storyline, my character is going to be Susan, who is 63 years old, and she is a widow. So we're husband just passed away. She wanted her daughter, Stephanie, to go get just five grocery items before the funeral, and Stefani got everything else but the five items. So Susan, Of course, not happy for hours before her husband's funeral, has to go grocery shopping. So this is as far as I got I'm not sure what I want to include before the whole entire escapade of her cutting everyone off. But I'm thinking there needs to be something else that happens here while she's at the grocery store before she goes to the checkout line. So how did you do with this exercise? If you are struggling with anything, feel free to reach out to me. I am here to help you through any of the exercises. Otherwise, let's continue on. 19. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 6: Okay, so for this practice activity, we as writers tend to have a lot going on in our lives. We have a lot of clutter in our mind simply due to the fact that we are always bombarded by new information. You step outside, you have yard signs, you have advertisement on cars, you have billboards, you have the radio. Everything around you is always trying to get your attention. But for this exercise, I want you to sit down and declutter your mind. What I mean by that is take some time and write a letter to the future you two years from now. That's right. You're gonna write a letter. You're going to seal it. You're going to put the date two years from now, and that is when you are going to open this letter. So a couple things you can write about when it comes to the future you is talk about your current struggles. How do you plan on overcoming them? How do you plan on dealing with them? What is your current relationship status? If you're single? Yes. I want you to write about that. If you're dating someone, where do you want your relationship to go? What do you want to achieve by the time you open this letter two years from now, right about your goals, your inspiration, your motivation, and even what doubts and insecurities are you currently dealing with right now? It can deal with your writing or even with you as a person, you might be thinking, yeah, I don't know if this writing a letter to my future self and opening this letter in two years is really going to do much, but you will actually be surprised. I have done this exercise over a handful of times to be honest. And it really helps just take the clutter in your mind. All of the emotions, all of the insecurities, the doubts, what you're thinking about. Put it on this piece of paper. Put your goals on this piece of paper really focused on de-cluttering your mind and focus on writing this letter to the future you. So go ahead, pause this lecture, complete the letter, and let's move on to the next lecture. 20. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 7: All right, so now let's lighten things. Backup. We are now onto one page writing prompts. I'm gonna give you three writing prompts. I want you to choose only one and don't time yourself. But I want you to fill an entire page based on this one writing prompt of your choice. First writing prompt. I have an obsession with licking the floor. Second, writing prompt. When I bite into a store bought sandwich, I know their story. Third writing prompt. Winner was when we became separated. Now, before I let you go and write your heart out, let's talk about a few key points on what you might want to answer, where you might want these writing prompts to go. So with the first writing prompt, I have an obsession with licking the floor. Thus, this person try to hide the obsession by hiding it. What do they do? Do they overcome the obsession to, they gave into the obsession. If other people see this, what did they think? For the second writing prompt? When I bite into a store bought sandwich, I know their story. What story does the person eating the sandwich? No. Is it about their current conflicts? Is that their current romance? Is it their deepest, darkest fears? Does this person try to help those people? So they buy a sandwich, they stick around. They figure out who that person is, they talk to them or does the character use these stories for his or her benefit and in what way? And then for the last writing prompt, winner was when we became separated. Who are the we? Are they siblings? Is that a family? Is it a romantic partner? And what does it mean by separated? Was it a divorce? Was it a death? Was at a kidnapping? Alright, go ahead. Pause this lecture. Complete one of the writing prompts to where you have a full-page. And then let's continue on to my writing exercise results. 21. Sharing My Fun Exercise Result: All right, so for this exercise, I pick the, I have an obsession with licking the floor. And so I started at my one-page writing prompt where I just put my pen on the paper and I wrote I did not censor myself in regards to well, I don't know if this sounds good or not. That's for the editing phase. So I basically started with, I don't remember when I didn't look the floors. According to my sister, it really started around six years old when our parents died in a car accident. I don't remember my parents, but we have photos, so I will always know what they look like here. I am 19 years old on my tenth job yes. Fired for being caught by customers, getting complaints from coworkers and finally being caught by my former boss. Everyone makes such a big deal of this, but that's because society pressures them over how wrong it is. Took the floors. Yes. There's bacteria and germs, but they are all around you. You touch door handles and then cover your face or rub your eye. But do you really know what it's like to lick the floor? The floor is not just the road or pavement but the carpet, the grass, the car rubber mats? Yes. I have an obsession with licking the floor, any floor. So as I was reading this, if you cut off, I did add the getting complaints from coworkers because that is what I wanted to write, but I wrote so fast that I did not include it in there, but that is what I wanted to put down on the piece of paper. So this was just my quick one-page writing prompt to get me writing. And I'm actually relatively excited about this. It's weird, but this is a story. So I hope you've had just as much fun as I have with this exercise. And let's continue on. 22. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 8: Moving right along into our next practice activity. So for this exercise, so many a times, people tell us, focus on the big picture. Don't get bogged down by the detail. So now I'm going to show you a picture. And instead of focusing on the big picture of will tell us what happened through all the different details of this one picture. I want you to pick the smallest detail in this picture and write the story. So let's start with an example just to make sure we're all on the same page and we are comfortable with this exercise. Say, I showed you a picture of a winter storm. And in that winter storm, there is a rose on the ground. How did that rows come into this winter storm? What was going on with the Rose? What is the story behind the rows on the ground? So yes, you can focus on the winter storm, how it came about, how it affected people. But forget the winter storm. How did that rows come into the picture? Go ahead and take a look at this next picture. Pick a small detail and then write about it. 23. My Journal Result For Exercise 8: Alright, so for this exercise, picking the smallest detail, I chose this ladder coming from the dock and I decided why not? I'm going to include another detail. So for my opening, the ladder from the dock was one of the most recent additions. Do you see the teal overhang from the building? His fiance had to be rescued from the water around 4m. That's what I have. It's pretty powerful and it's like the ladder out of all the things like come on. Not the main Vocalpoint, just a small detail, but a very important detail at that. Now, and let's move on to the next exercise. 24. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 9: All right, so most likely a 1 or another, you get bored with writing. You don't have time for writing. And when you do write, There is no emotion behind it. You're lacking that. Boom, you're unlocking that shock value. You're lacking the emotion they gets the reader into your writing. So now for this exercise, I want to focus on giving some shock value. So for this exercise, I want you to focus on providing the shock value by completing the following exercise. A walk through or along blank helps me blank. The fact that I am blank should be irrelevant. A reader's gonna read the first one and have a certain image. You're walking along the beach, you makes you feel relaxed. But the fact that you're doing this, boom right there, you're going to change it up. Should be irrelevant. And once you have completed this exercise, I want you to take the shock value exercise and expand it, fill it out, make it into a story or a poem. So go ahead, pause this lecture, complete the exercise, and when you're ready, let's continue on. 25. My Shocking Results: All right, so for my shock value, I chose a walk along the beach, helps me enjoy life and get inspired. The fact that I have a string of bones dragging behind me should be irrelevant. So if I was to expand this, I'm thinking a storyline, I would have a middle age woman who has a deep connection with each your pets. And as they aged or died mysteriously, she wanted a piece of them for ever. So what she did was she just kept one of their Red Bones and each of the bones that is dragging behind her has her pets name engraved on it. Interesting, right? Not bad. So this was a pretty cool exercise. I had a lot of fun. And now let's move on to the next exercise. 26. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 10: Hi again. We are back with another practice activity slash exercise to get you writing. Okay, so for this exercise, we are going to be focusing on one word in 30 sentences. So the three words that I'm going to give you is blue, nails or silence. You're gonna pick one word and you're going to start with that one word for 30 sentences. Now you might be thinking, well, what's the point of this? Todd's gonna kinda weird. I don't know if I can do this. Yes. First of all, you can most certainly do this. I know that you can do this, I've done it. Now the point of this exercise is to not only to get you to write, but to get your creativity up. Because let's face it, starting with the same word for 30 sentences, it's going to get you start thinking more creatively. Because once you've run out of your first 1015 sentences that come to you. Now, where the magic is going to happen. And through completing this exercise, I want you to remember that you are not creatively stuck. You are not having writer's block. You just have not pushed yourself creatively to start writing. So go ahead, pick one of the three words and complete your 30 sentences. Once you're done, let's move on to my results. 27. My 30 Results: Alright, and 30 sentences later, I chose blue. So I start out with what is blue eyed said? Blue comma the color of the sky, blue comma the color of the waves. Blue comma, the emotion of a loved one lost. And then I start to get a little bit tricky because I was running out of ideas. I'm like, Well what has blue, blue, blue, blue. And I ended up going blue and white crystals on a wedding ring. Blue, white, and red lights approach from the distance. Blue and black bruise on the side of her knee. Blue nail polish flaked off of her toenail. So you can see from the very first sentence to the last sentence that transformation. And the cool part is that this can be used in poetry or in stories. These are great different ideas or even a combination of ideas. If you combine sentence 11020 or something random like that to see what you can get. These dirty sentences are very powerful and they get you to start thinking outside the box. And if you get stumped on any exercise, feel free to reach out to me and I will be more than happy to help you out. Otherwise, let's continue on to the next exercise. 28. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 11: In this exercise, we are back to focusing on description yets. Let's change it up a little bit. So I'm going to show you this picture. I want you to write about what is in this picture without using the words palm trees, sand, water, beach. You thought it was going to be easy. None, none, none, none. Now, you know that in this creative writing workshop, I am all about challenging you. Challenging your mindset. Getting you to not only right, but think outside the box when you're writing. So go ahead, complete this exercise when you're ready. We will move on to my results. 29. My Journal Results For Exercise 11: So for this exercise, I did have a little bit of trouble. As you can see, there is the little scratch out there where I put leaved trees. And one of the words that I could not use was palm trees. So I ended up writing feet sinking as I continue my walk, tall leaves provide shade As a quick break, the swishing sound breaks at shore and rhythm, my skin turning red as I keep moving. So I had the imagery of the beach and I described the beach, a poem format, the start to a poem. This can definitely be longer. I plan on expanding this, but you usually associate the beach with vacation relaxation. And I wanted to do the opposite right now. As a reader, we're not sure what is going on, but it is not a vacation. It is not paradise while this person is on the beach, right? So I have a little bit more work to go. But this is an amazing start to my poem, where it is a beach environment without the use of palm trees, sand, water or beach. 30. My Creativity Journal Results For Exercise 11: So for this exercise, I did have a little bit of trouble. As you can see, there is the little scratch out there where I put leaved trees. And one of the words that I could not use was palm trees. So I ended up writing feet sinking as I continue my walk, tall leaves provide shade As a quick break, the swishing sound breaks at shore and rhythm, my skin turning red as I keep moving. So I had the imagery of the beach and I described the beach, a poem format, the start to a poem. This can definitely be longer. I plan on expanding this, but you usually associate the beach with vacation relaxation. And I wanted to do the opposite right now. As a reader, we're not sure what is going on, but it is not a vacation. It is not paradise while this person is on the beach, right? So I have a little bit more work to go. But this is an amazing start to my poem, where it is a beach environment without the use of palm trees, sand, water or beach. 31. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 12: Now, if you have been with me for quite some time, you know that I love the color blue, especially that sky, ocean blue that you have on the beach where the water is crystal clear. You can see through it. I love that color. So it is only right for me to include exercise that includes colors. So for this color exercise, I want you to write about your favorite color, whether it's a page or two long or a poem. But right about your color without using any of the color words. So with me liking my skylight blue, I'm not going to be using the word blue. I can't use the word green, yellow, orange. No color names. But right about what your favorite color is, all about. How do you describe your favorite color to someone else through imagery, emotion, and any other form of details that focus on your census. So go ahead, pause the lecture. When you're ready. We will move on. 32. My Funny Moment Results: Now for my funny bone exercise, I actually came up with two things that I was cracking up about for the next two days. So the first one was my nephew, he's six years old. He wanted to go tubing so badly, so we took them out to Lake, got them on the tube and he was too light to where the tube kept on going under because when the boat takes off, you have to have wheat on the back and with him being so light, the tube, just one under the tube and under a couple times before we got someone else out there to give them some weight on the back so he could enjoy his 2B experienced. But when he went on, It was the funniest thing ever. And that's not like, oh my gosh, she can't breed. No, it was very quickly. He's six years old. We had six adults on the bow and he was the only one tubing. So, you know that the first time he did this, everyone freaked out and he was fine. Second time again, same thing and we're going what the heck. So then one of the adults volunteered to get on the back of the tube and he was able to enjoy it. You put he held on. He did not go oh my gosh, I'm scared. This is horrible. Blah, blah, blah. He just wanted to go tubing. So in the end is which did come true, but this Dart was a little bit rough for him. And then my second funny memory that I was cracking up about is I have my oldest dog and he's been with me for six years. And he has moments and with him being now a senior, he's not as perky as he was when he was two or three years old. And so I just brought home some different treats for all three of my dogs. And I got the buyout and he got so excited, he started apprenticing in place so you could hear his little free clip clopping on the floor and then he laid out the weirdness bark, oh my gosh, I was cracking. It's been a while since I've seen him that excited and on top of that, letting out the weirdest bark ever. So moving on for this exercise, I wanted you to really get back into that moment. That had to you laughing, Had you laughing and crying? Has your cheeks hurting, your stomach hurting from just laughing and smiling so hard. But with me having to funny moments that I could not choose between, I guess what, I'm gonna do a poem this way, I will be able to combine both of them, and so I gave it a try. The common denominator between the two was that this was during the summer. So I decided to take the summer theme and go along with it. So summer, when tubing and summer treats go hand in hand, you're ready to Glad on the water, but our two lightened sink, or you're so excited that your voice changes with the happy tap dance, summer, when Laughter and families sit side-by-side around a bonfire trying to get the marshmallows off your face or eating half a watermelon in one sitting. So right here, you have a start of a summer poem. It's light, it's happy, and you are starting to visualize these individual things. Now, one thing I do, notice that needs improved during the second, third edit is the fact that I need the reader to know what exactly is going on at this point where the poem is. There's a lot of questions. I know what I'm visualizing. I know what is making me smile because I can picture exactly what's happening, but the reader is not going to interpret it as so without the background that I gave you. So this exercise is going to be a good start to having something light, something that's gonna make you smile, whether it's one page, two page or a poem. 33. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 13: So the one thing I personally love is laughing and smiling. And for this exercise, that is exactly what I want you to focus on. A lot of the time. You may be stuck in your writing process. You're putting a lot of pressure on yourself to Right, right, right. But all it takes is just one memory to get your writing. And boom, you're off to a good start, so forth this exercise, I want you to recollect the last time you were laughing so hard that you were in stitches and even crying. Something that happened that made you laugh for an entire day or even chuckled the following day. Go ahead and write about that moment. What happened. Capture the details. How you reacted. If you had friends and family, how they reacted. Just go head and really capture the last time you laughed so hard. Feel free to pause this lecture at this time. When you've completed the exercise, let's move on. 34. My Exercise 13 Creative Journal Results: So for my top three, I went with, I wanted to have 20 published Udemy courses. I want more free time for family and friends. And I want to get caught up on my to-do list because it is just extremely long and you can just never get caught up. So now onto my character, it's going to be Sammy. She's a 48 year old female and she is currently single. So Sammy loved and dreamed of teaching, but she had a fear of crowds. So she was stuck at her office job as the main income source. She just started posting her first few classes on a website called Udemy between work and sitting in her home recording. There was little time for anything else. So when the top three come true, we're going to add a little bit of conflict and that being that her getting what she wants doesn't make everything perfect. So with having the 20 publish courses, having free time for family and friends, and getting cut up on her entire to-do list. Her co-workers alienate her once she mentions anything to do with loving her life because she didn't have to do list, stretch to the ground. So this might stem from a jealousy or they just can't relate to her anymore. Then the free time with family and friends that she thought was going to be amazing turns into her family criticizing her for wasting your time making all these different videos. And then being 48, her friends have kids that they're focused on, have grandkids that they're focused on. So Sammy rarely gets to see them. So at this point, Sammy and I heart completely different. Our lives are different. Aside from the top three, Sammy is someone opposite of me. So this is what I have so far for this exercise. I'm excited to expand it. But for right now, I think this is a very, very good start. 35. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 14: So how are you doing right now in your exercises so far? Are you getting a lot of good content? Are you excited to continue on in these exercises? If your answer is yes, you are at the right lecture. We are now onto our next reading exercise. So this is your top three. I want you to think about really quickly, write em down. If you want your top three things that you really want right now. It doesn't matter what those three things are. And your next writing exercise, I want you to give those three things that you really want to your character. And in turn, I want you to write about a conflict that arises from your character having those three things and, or how your character's life changes from having these three things. Now really quickly, you notice I said character, this is not you, someone that is not your age, that is not have your history. That is not you in any aspect. Go ahead, pause this video and when you're ready, press the Play button. 36. My Sky Blue Color Result: So for my sky blue, I think a poem is really going to make this type of exercise pop. That's going to make it stand out. So I have written, I see down to the ocean bottom in gaze up on my back at the clouds. When I eat my favorite candy while bearing on my feet in the sand. Peaceful and relax with the wind blowing through my hair. With the start to this poem, it's good. Why? It definitely needs more of that visual punch with the emotions. And let me tell you what this exercise was rather difficult when you cannot use any color. It becomes a little bit tricky, but it makes you focus on imagery and what you associate with your color, the emotions associated with your color. So what did you think of this exercise? Did you like it? Did you not like it that you think it was a little bit tricky. And were you able to make it work? 37. Creative Writing For Journal Exercise 15: Hello, moving right along to our next practice, activity slash exercise. So I want you to think about the two things that define you, or the two things that you absolutely love. Now, this cannot be people related, so I love my mom. No, this is not what we're going to be focusing on. It's what defines you, what do you love? So for example, I love Chinese food. Now once you have written down those two things, I want you to back pedal and back pedal and back pedal and back pedal. What do I mean? Okay, so I love Chinese food. Where did my love of Chinese food come from? It stemmed from me eating Chinese food with my mom when we were growing up. Okay. Back pedal. Why did your mom half the Chinese food? Why does she love it? Because because her mother only gave them Chinese food once a year. Now, back pedal another step. What is the story behind your mom's mom having the Chinese food once a year. Do you see where this is going? Something as simple as a love for Chinese food can be turned into a story. So once you have back pedaled, at least five times, now you have a story. So for this exercise, I want you to back pedal at least five times on the two things you have written down. And now you have a story. And if at 1 you don't know the answer, make one up, but make it a good one. Right? So go ahead, complete this exercise and when you're ready, I'll be more than happy to share my results with you. 38. My Backwards Creativity Journal Results: So in the end, I wrote down my two things, which is, I love dogs and I love creativity. And I took at least five steps back to figure out where that loved came from. Invite didn't know an answer. I would write something down anyways. So let's start with my love of dogs. I grew up with them. Take a step back. I was feeding a chain husky on a regular basis. Take a step back. I was playing with a dog toys that I really, really liked. Take a step back. I was watching dog movies, take another step back. I was around a lot of different animals when I was younger. Take a step back, being an only child, the animals were fun and great companions. So now right here from something as simple as I loved hugs, you now have a story. You can really take these different aspects and expand them into poems, into what ever type of written work that you want. And then taking a look at my love of creativity. So taking a step back from them, I1, numerous Art Awards. Step back. I was making a lot of abstract art and different toys. Take another step back. I was drawing horses at a specific period in my life. Take another step back. I was introduced to drawing and take another step back. I was really bored when I was younger and not sure what to do. Boom, something as simple as taking steps back and back and back forms a story. So this is a great tool to utilize if you have a certain aspect of a story of your poem and you're just not sure how to move it forward. Well, forget about moving it forward, take it backwards and see if that helps you. 39. Using History For Creative Ideas: Welcome to my class for your first exercise. I want you to pick a person from history, someone you learned about in school or did a project on a historical person you clearly remember and the type of work they did that left a mark in history. Now with your current creative project, what advice would they give you if they offer to help you? What would they add or change in your creative project with this exercise, you really have to know the person you picked from history because you are visualizing like they are here with you in the present moment. Now, what if you do not have a current project at this moment? What would they say? What would they suggest your next creative project beyond? With this exercise, you are taken any and all pressure off of you to come up with your creative projects and using history to move you in the right direction and give you ideas for this exercise. Whatever thoughts come into your mind, write them all down. You're not doubting if you're thinking like the historical person. Because at the end of the day, no one knows what would have been said by this person. Therefore, whatever ideas and thoughts you have are the correct and right ones, you can't be wrong with this exercise. For your second exercise, I want you to use your place of birth. Where were you born? What do you remember about it? There's almost a 100% chance your place of birth is no longer the same as you remember it. I want you to catch up on any recent changes there. Do a Google search. What are the recent news about your birthplace? If you clearly remember it, look up a Google map of your birthplace, what changes took place since the last time you were there. If you don't remember your birthplace because you didn't grow up there, now is the perfect time to discover it. What do you like about it? What facts did you learn about it? Now, once you have all this information, how can you incorporate your birthplace into your next creative project? For your third exercise? Who is the oldest family member in your family, your grandparents, great grandparents. For this exercise, I want you to have an actual conversation with them about life when they were younger. What was their favorite food when they were younger? What was their favorite tradition growing up? What was their favorite memory from their school years? What is something they still continue to do to this day since they were younger? What was their favorite past-time activity when they were younger? This exercise really needs to awaken your inner curiosity. Think of what you like to do and ask them about what it was like back in the 19 twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, et cetera. This can really open your eyes to the changes that occurred and how different life will be 50 years from now. How can you incorporate something from your family history into your next creative project? For your fourth exercise, we are going to be focusing on you and your favorite brands or companies. It can be any brand or company, a specific food brand. A shoe brand, clothing, even your favorite pen or brush company, pick at least three and look into the history and evolution of each of your three chosen brands or companies. How did they get started? Has the logo evolved? What about the slogan? Have the colors and font change over time? Try to find patterns of evolution for the three brands or companies you chose and see what would happen if you applied similar changes to your creative project. This may be a lot to take in. So say the colors became more bold and increased from just three simple colors to five different colors in the logo. Try increasing the color range in your next art piece once you feel like it's complete, or did the slogan change to cater to a different target audience? What if your neck short story or poem or whatever you're writing was catered towards a completely different audience that you normally would not write for. Maybe the company even expanded in inventory to not only include shoes, but other clothing designs. Can you expand any of your creative projects yet still stay in the same or similar niche. This exercise really focuses on how companies and brands have adapted and changed over time. You may even have passed creative project. Doodles are stories that if you took back out, would be able to involve, to include who you are now in your experiences. Give this exercise a try, whom I really surprise yourself. Now for your fifth exercise, I want you to think about what is your favorite part of the year and why it can be a specific day. Or if you absolutely do not have one specific favorite day of the year, your favorite season. Once you have something in mind, you may have to do a little bit more research again, but think back a 100 years. How was this day or season different For me? I absolutely love Valentine's Day. So a 100 years ago, How was it celebrated differently? You can look at every aspect, the clothes, the language, the music, et cetera. Now, how can you incorporate history plus your favorite time of the year into your next creative project. And lastly, the last exercise. Almost all of us at 1 or another have heard someone say to us, when I was your age, we didn't have a or B or when I was your age, I had to walk through three feet of snow to school every day during the winner for this exercise. I want it to be all about you think when you were little, what do you miss the most? What has changed since then? How can you incorporate some of those things that you loved back then into your next creative project. If you have a specific memory, how can you incorporate that feeling that you get? Just reminiscing on that memory into your next creative project. These are the first six exercises I would like you to start with to incorporate history into your next creative project. You may be thinking, well, this is a lot of work. I mean, I have a lot to do on my own for the six exercises. Yes, you do. But that's because one, I want to challenge you in your creativity and to buy me giving you half of the exercises and you completing the other half. That is what is going to add that unique touch to your next creative project. We all have a different history and different likes and dislikes, plus, the memories are unique to each of us. These creative exercises that utilize history are really not used enough to stimulate your creativity because I want you to be one of the people that does put the effort into these exercises, even though these aren't quick and fast, I want each of my classes to challenge your creatively in some way, to help you grow creatively in another way. At the same time, you should be learning something new from each class. Something new about your creativity, something new about yourself, because that is what creativity is all about, is about staying curious and learning. So we have now reached the end. I hope you really enjoyed taking this class with me, and I really appreciate you choosing me to be a creative teacher. Thank you so much. 40. Final thoughts Starting Your Creativity Journal: hi. You have now re stand the class. What did you think? If you have any questions, any further questions that I can assist in feel free to post in the community section, I am more than happy to answer any questions that you have when it comes to your creative journal. I want you once again to start this creative journal and right in it at least once a day, Start small and gradually build up to where maybe the first day you write a couple sentence says you drop one picture and then you know a month or two into your creative journal, you start filling out a little bit more each time because you're seeing more creative inspiration around you. You're a more open to it. Starting out your creativity journal is going to take time. So when you start out, don't put so much pressure on yourself that you'll get frustrated. You get stressed out that you feel like you are not putting enough new journal, start small and gradually build up. I hope that you enjoy this class and would sincerely love if you left to review whether it's just a thumbs up or a written review. Your thoughts are always welcome. And I cannot wait to see you in my next class. Thank you so much for joining me. 41. Continue Learning With Me : Hi. You have now reached a in this class. So what did you think of this class? If you enjoy the class, I would love to see a thumbs up review from u. I love all my students feedback. It helps me plan for my future classes. So now let me show you a couple things related to my profile. So the first thing when it comes to class recommendations, I will always have a post under this community tap that will show you what other classes you can take by me. But at this moment, I have over 47 different classes and how you can find out what other classes you can enroll to is by simply clicking on my profile name. And this will open up my page. 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