Writing is a form of art that is used to communicate inner thoughts and ideas among a variety of audiences. We think of writing as a form of storytelling that can express individuality or bring projects to life. However, when life gets busy and energy starts draining, it becomes harder to feel positive and passionate about writing projects. Writing is not only a means of communication and documentation, but a creative method of expression. In order to promote the creative aspect of writing and its various forms, the 35 Days of Creative Writing Challenge was born.
The exercises encourage writing in many different settings and formats that will allow you to reconnect with your creativity and individuality. From baking to free writing to yoga, these activities add diversity to your day and invite a new way of thinking to take over for a while.
Plus, if you feel that the end results of your creative writing challenge are something to be proud of, you might even feel inspired to write a novel. Getting a novel published is not a simple task however, and the market can be very competitive. However, there are steps you can take, such as contacting a literary agent for representation, that can make things a little easier. To find out more about contacting a literary agent, check out this Advice from Jericho. Who knows, very soon, you could be the next big thing on the literary scene. So, what are you waiting for? Let us get started.
Day 1: Wrote a blog post ruminating about the nature of creativity and setting a goal of doing one creative thing every day. While I write every day for a living, it still oftentimes feels like a luxury to write in a casual voice all my own. I felt such inspiration and beauty in writing this post during the wee hours of the morning before babies woke up and my client work began.
Day 2: I played in the crispy end-of-winter rain with my 15 month old, Clara. What started as an innocent enough sing-song of “Standing Outside with my Mouth Open Wide (ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah!)” quickly became a full exploration into the puddles and rain fallout around the front of our home. I’ll remember the feeling of soaking our hands and knees by the rain gutters, knowing it was really too cold to feel like a responsible moment of parenting. But the sharpness of that cold water is now etched into my sensory memory. A very little creative act with very real impacts.
Day 3: Watched YouTube tutorials and learned how to create a book in Adobe InDesign. Applied my learning to a client project and created a book template in a day.
Day 4: Walked over 2 miles to a park to play with my kids. As I am only a few weeks postpartum, this felt like a rather immense commitment.
Day 5: Inspired by the YouTube channel, Made Everyday with Dana, I sewed a crib sheet for my niece’s 2nd birthday–all during my daughter’s nap! I love this YouTube channel. I’ve made crib sheets, diaper changing covers, and throw pillows based on Dana’s clear and engaging instructions.
Day 6: Traveled to my husband’s hometown of Harrodsburg, KY for my niece’s birthday party and went on a long family hike at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Day 7: Borrowed a children’s water table from my mom and let Clara splish and splash while my husband and I planted seeds in our garden. Spring is coming!
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” — Vincent Van Gogh
Where does creativity begin and end? As I wrap up the first week of my journey to do (at least) one creative thing every day, I’ve found that the boundaries of creativity are, well, boundless. I hope this overview will inspire you to try out some memorable, unusual, intuitive creative acts.
Read Part Two!