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Nurture Creativity: Easy Ways for Bloggers and Authors to Nurture Their Writing Souls

Rebecca Livermore, Microsoft Office for Creatives

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8 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Nurture Creativity - Intro

      1:09
    • 2. Sleep

      1:26
    • 3. Artists Dates

      2:36
    • 4. Mindless Activity

      1:32
    • 5. Freewriting, Fun, and Nature

      2:50
    • 6. Diet, Exercise, Public Transportation

      3:06
    • 7. Learning and Rituals

      3:32
    • 8. Your Project

      0:55

About This Class

Have you ever sat down to write and but felt almost dead inside? Let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t be checking out this course, and I most certainly wouldn’t have chosen to create it, if it wasn’t for the fact that a lot of writers (including me!) struggle at times with creativity.

Sometimes the lack of creativity, writer's block, and even burnout occurs because our well is dry. It’s hard to draw water from a well if the well is filled with nothing but stones and dry, cracked soil. Because of that, it’s important to intentionally nurture your writing soul. And nurturing your writing soul is what this course is all about.

In it, I provide 10+ ways to nurture your creativity, so that when you sit down to write, you write from a place of abundance, instead of a place of scarcity and inner drought.

I'm looking forward to having you take this class!

Transcripts

1. Nurture Creativity - Intro: hello and welcome to nurture your creativity. Easy ways for bloggers and authors to nurture their writing souls. Have you ever sat down to write but felt almost dead inside? That often happens when our creative well runs dry. It's hard to draw water from a well if the well is filled with nothing but stones and dry cracked soil. Because of that, it's important to nurture your writing soul. Hi, my name's Rebecca Livermore and I am a full time author and blogger. And trust me, I know what it's like to try to write with a well that has run dry. I also know what is like to write from an overflowing abundance of creativity that that generally doesn't happen accidentally. It happens when were intentional about reviewing our creativity. So in this course I provide you several ways to nurture your writing soul so that you'll have an abundance of creativity. So let's go ahead and dive in 2. Sleep: first sleep or the lack of sleep has an enormous impact on creativity. If you don't sleep well, you can't expect to sink and come up with ideas. Unfortunately, many of us cut corners when it comes to sleep, and this is especially true if you have young Children. In fact, if you have a newborn, you're almost guaranteed to be sleep deprived. For the rest of us, lack of sleep is often a symptom of a lack of discipline. One of my areas of weakness is going down YouTube, rabbit holes. I start watching videos and keep saying just one more until before you know it. It's two hours past my regular bedtime. There are times when getting to bed late can't be helped. But most of the time, if you have the discipline, you can get to bed on time. Something that has helped me is to set an alarm on my phone to go off an hour before lights out time. At that time, I start my before bed routine. You're before bed routine can be anything you want it to be, but whatever it is should help send a signal to your brain that it's time to get ready for bed, for instance, you may wash and moisturize your face. Brush your teeth, put your jammies on, brew a cup of herbal tea and get into bed with a good book. Whatever you choose, it should help you relax and transition from wakefulness to sleep. 3. Artists Dates: Another great way to nurture your creativity is to go on a weekly artist date. I first heard about artist dates in the book The Artist Way by Julia Cameron. Artist states are simply a way to be intentional about refueling, and Cameron recommends doing this alone. I first started going on artist states when my now grown Children were young. I was a stay home mom, and these times alone were vital not just for my creativity but also for my sanity. And at the time, most often my weekly artist state was merely going to a copy shop with my journal. I sipped coffee daydreamed and journal. Occasionally, I brought a book to read as well. Here's some other artist date ideas. Visit a local garden shop and browse some garden shops, even have fountains that add to the ambiance and relaxing environment. Take a walk on the beach and gather seashells. Go to an art museum. If you live in an older city, take a walk downtown or in older neighbourhoods and pay attention to details that you often fail to see, such as interesting architecture on seemingly mundane things like doors, visit a botanical garden and take your sketchbook and pans or pencils and sketch some of the flowers and other plants, even if you feel like you can't draw, go to a concert or play. Sit in a cafe or park and people watch and make up some stories in your mind about what the people's lives, maybe like, go for a massage, pedicure, manicure or some other type of pampering that you enjoy can write a letter to someone that means a lot to you and then mail it to them. Go fly a kite. Visit an ethnic grocery store and pick up some ingredients to make something you've never eaten before. You may want to find a recipe first so you know what to buy. Lay in a hammock or on a blanket underneath the shade tree and read. Visit an art supply store and browse around. Pick up some new supplies. Now it doesn't have to be anything fancier, expensive, even a new pin and a color You like works. Go out for ice cream and try a new flavor that sounds weird. For example, a small, independently owned ice cream shop near me has flavors like strawberry basil. Sounds weird, but it tastes delicious. You get the idea. The main thing is to do something you don't normally do or Onley do on your artist dates. It should be fun and relaxing and something you do alone. You can do an artist state whenever you want, but as typically happens if you don't schedule, it doesn't happen, so be sure to put it on your calendar. 4. Mindless Activity: another great way to nurture creativity is by doing mindless activity. Nowadays, our minds are bombarded with an unending amount of stimuli everything from social media, Teoh, email, toe billboards, music and more. It seems to never stop. One of the best ways to nurture creativity is to simply turn off all of that noise. The good news is that you can do this while also going about your business, doing things that you need to do anyway. For example, taking a shower as a regular, recurring and necessary activity. But it's a great time to nurture creativity. Chances are you get some of your best ideas when you're in the shower. Here are a few other mindless things that you can and like we should do on a regular basis , running or walking dishes and other house work, gardening and decluttering. The key with all of these is to have something to write on nearby when doing these activities, so that you can quickly jot down ideas as soon as they come to mind. For example, you could buy waterproof whiteboards and no pads to use in the shower. You can also have white boards in various rooms of the house, such as your kitchen, and be sure to carry a small notebook, her phone to record ideas when you're out and about, such as when you're out taking a walk. 5. Freewriting, Fun, and Nature: in this video, I get into three more ways to nurture your creativity. Free riding, doing things just for fun and enjoying nature. People often refer to free riding as stream of consciousness writing. When you free right, you write without judgment and you write nonstop for a particular period of time, such as 15 minutes. There aren't a whole lot of rules when it comes to free riding. Theo nly real rule is to write nonstop. If you can think of something to say, just write things like I can't think of what to write. This is stupid. I don't like this or any other random thing that pops into your head. One of the best things about free riding is that since it's not focused on quality or accomplishing something specific, it makes it much easier to write every day and riding in and of itself increases creativity . I give more free reading tips in my course, the five secrets to developing the blogging habit, so be sure to check that out as well. For more information on free riding, the next way to nurture creativity is to do something creative just for fun. If you happen to make a living doing something creative. In this case, I want to encourage you to do something creative that's unrelated to how you make a living . For example, I know very little about photography and would likely never make money through photography . So heading out with my camera can feed my blogging soul. Now, I picked this silly little picture just for fun, because since I don't know enough about photography, toe look critically at any photos I take. I can enjoy myself when I pick up my camera. I've also started taking some drawing, especially doodling classes on skill share, and I can't draw a straight line to save my life as much as possible. I spend some time drawing every day. This not only relieves stress, but it also helps my overall creativity, and that spills over into my writing life as well. The next way to nurture creativity is to enjoy nature. I'm a city girl, and I know very little about nature. But getting outside and taking a walk in a beautiful place can feed my blogging soul. I live about a block away from a beautiful park, and every time I go there, I end up just feeling relaxed and refreshed. Other nearby options for me include botanical gardens and even garden shops. If weather is not conducive to outdoor activities, you can do these types of things as part of the artist states mentioned earlier. But it doesn't have to be anything big. Even a short stroll in the park or going outside and looking at the trees. The sky, etcetera for five minutes works. 6. Diet, Exercise, Public Transportation: in this video, I give into three more ways to nurture creativity, exercise and nutrition and believe it or not, public transportation first, proper diet and exercise. And I put these two together because for me, if I focus on one, I tend to also focus on the other. Both things increased. My energy level and increased energy is a great way to nurture creativity Now. There are a lot of opinions out there when it comes to diet and exercise, and since this isn't my area of expertise, I won't go into specifics. Regardless of which philosophy you follow. We can probably all agree that it's best to avoid process foods, and it's best not to sit on our butts all day, even if we make a living doing something sedentary. If you find it difficult to plan menus and grocery shop, a service such as blue apron, maybe a good option for adding more real food to your diet. If you don't like to exercise, you can at the very leads to make a point of getting up and moving throughout the day, taking a daily walk and doing some stretching exercises. I also want to get into the topic of feeding not just your body but your spirit. The times in my life when I'm the most creative often coincide with the times when I'm most alive. Spiritually. When I begin to neglect spiritual disciplines, I become lethargic and sometimes even a little depressed. At times, it's hard to break out of that slump, but it's worth making an effort to do so because it positively impacts every area of my life. When I'm right with God, I find that I am at peace and more creative. So it's hands down the best way for me personally to feed my blogging soul. Another benefit of feeding your spirit is that in addition to your alone time, there's often a community aspects such as belonging to a church. And since everyone even introverts like me, benefit from relationships, a church or some other place of worship is a great way to connect with people. OK, now let's get into how taking public transportation can increase your creativity depending on where you live. You may or may not have good public transportation options, but if you do the next time, you need to go somewhere instead of hopping in your car, take a bus or a train. I've discovered that when I take public transportation, I end up seeing the world in an entirely new way. I noticed shops and other buildings I've never noticed before. Pay more attention to people and what's going on around me and take in the beauty of the world. I also sometimes meet interesting people on half fascinating conversations. Conversations. I over here sometimes spark thoughts and ideas. I can also day dream a bit, so long as I don't daydream so much. I miss my stop. All of these things air possible when I take public transportation. Since I don't have to focus on driving, my mind is freed up in a way that enhances creativity. 7. Learning and Rituals: In this video, I get into the last two methods for nurturing your creativity. They are being a life long learner and developing rituals. The more that you feel the well of your mind with information, the more you have to draw on when it's time to come up with blood post ideas. The interesting thing about this is that some of the things that you learned that seemed to be completely unrelated to your industry may end up being useful illustrations or stories in your blawg. For example, let's say that you read a true story about a man lost in the wilderness who, in spite of exhaustion, dehydration and other physical challenges kept going. You could use this story as an illustration in a block poster book, even if you don't write about wilderness adventures. The key thing to remember in this is that you can't continually put out more and more information without continuing to replenish your mind regarding where to continually learn . My favorite ways are books, blog's YouTube videos and courses on site such as lynda dot com and skill share. OK, now let's get into developing your own blogging rituals. Now I've actually written a book on the subject of blogging rituals, and I will put a link for that in the resource section. And also I am planning on creating a skill share course very, very soon on the same topic, so be sure to check that out as well. For now, let me just tell you some of the benefits of blogging rituals. Number one. They make it easier to get into the writing groove. For instance, if you start every blogged writing session by brewing a certain type of tea as soon as you begin to prepare the tea, your mind will transition into writing mode before you ever sit down at the computer. When you participate in writing rituals, you put aside randomness and instability and, in a very real sense, take control of your environment. Instead of allowing your day to control you, you take control of your day and strongly declare that it is time toe blogged. They reduce anxiety, and this point is built on the previous two points. Because when you're able to quickly get into the writing groove and you have a sense of being in control, you naturally feel less stressed. They free your mind. When you establish blogging rituals, your mind shifts into a different mode, where the focus moves away from all of the other cares of life and business. And this cleared mind helps you to write more freely with fewer hindrances. Blogging rituals expedite your entire writing process. And, as I said earlier, blogging rituals make it easier to get into the writing groove. And in addition to that, they tend to set off an entire process of routines that last beyond the actual ritual. For instance, not only will you start the writing process faster with less procrastination, the sense of order present in the ritual will often spill over into the rest of the writing process. And when you consistently use the same routines, your entire writing process becomes more automatic. This order and automation reduces the amount of time that you might waste with a more haphazard approach to your blogging 8. Your Project: Let's get into the project for nurturing your creativity. Out of all of the ideas that I gave you for nurturing your creativity, I would like you to pick two things that you will begin to implement. To start your project, simply click on the your project link beneath the video, then click on the Create a Project Button. Then all that you need to do is type and a title and, if desired, upload an image. But that's optional. And then in the project workspace type in the ways that you will nurture your creativity. If you enjoyed this course, I'd really appreciate it. If you give me a thumbs up, simply click on the yes button where it says, Would you recommend this class to other students? Thank you so much for taking this course, and I hope to see you and some of my other courses happy writing