2. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO PLAY – go to a museum (many have a free day once a month), take in a play or concert (if you volunteer to usher you get to see the performance for free), take a class, attend a reading, or go fly a kite.
3. SEEK OUT THE MASTERS – what do you admire about them, study how they did it, transcribe a chapter of your favorite book, join a club, attend a workshop.
4. TAKE A NAP – dream your way to Creativity!
5. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX – there’s always another way to accomplish something.
6. SIT IN A DIFFERENT SPOT – take yourself out of your familiar surroundings and observe how a new environemnt affects you and your writing.
7. CHANGE YOUR FOCUS – be willing to see the situation from another point of view. (journal, write a letter, write a list)
I was very pleased to be invited to be the Guest Mentor at the Mentoring Session after the main program. We did a hands-on exercise so that participants could engage all of their senses in the creation of a vision board. The supplies were simple: a large piece of poster board, glue sticks, newspapers and magazines, but the results were amazing. The starkness of black and white newspapers contrasted dramatically with slick glossy magazine pages as participants devised treasure maps envisioning what 2009 will manifest for them.
Judging from the enthusiasm generated by this exercise of everyone involved, I predict 2009 is going to be an excellent year for WRITING!