I recently listened to a podcast and they were discussing creatives (us!!). How different individuals create and I don’t mean painting or writing I mean the creative process.
Yes, we all realize that writing, painting and many creative endeavors are done in solitude. To create takes discipline and often you sit with nothing on a canvass or paper waiting for that spark. Don’t. Just start writing or painting or taking pictures whatever – don’t wait for anything, but that is another post.
So for an introvert, me, being alone is how I energize. But for other individuals being alone in that room can be hard. Creative spirit of not. So what if we shake things up a bit? If sitting at your desk/table is hard why not take yourself and your laptop or sketchbook off to a coffee shop. There are always individuals alone with laptops or reading in coffee shops so you won’t be the odd person out. You might be energized just being in the room with others, having people around you talking and coming and going.
I went to a Paint Nite event and had a great time. There were 80 of us in a room. Rows of small easels on tables and all of us painting at the same time. You don’t need any painting experience, just courage to put yourself in the chair and put paint to paper. I definitely recommend checking it out. It could get your creative juices flowing and for individuals that enjoy group settings it is made for you.
At this moment I am in my neighborhood Starbucks, music on, two people on their laptops, one man reading, two ladies actually sitting across from each other talking!! Can you imagine. I find I can focus even with the white noise (I am someone that doesn’t have music or the TV on unless that is what I am actively doing). My focus is pretty good as I am not being pulled in other directions like watching the news, housework etc. It does feel a bit like a community in that I am not alone and working.
So shake up your creative space. Maybe head off to a coffee shop like me. Take a creative writing course or any course not on-line. Or maybe it just means taking your laptop, sketchbook or paints outside to the yard and setting up there.
Different spaces can bring out different ideas and maybe you will see or hear something that strikes a creative cord and you know you just have to get that down and express it. Shake things up and be that person at the table people are curious about.