Thursday, October 27, 2016

30, 100, or 365 Days? How Long Should Your Creative Challenge last?

You probably think my answer will be 100 days because I teach this class

A 100 Day Challenge for Creative and Artistic Growth

But the answer is it depends.  Ask yourself...
What do I want to get out of the project?  
How much time do I have to devote to the challenge?
How hard do I want to push myself?
The answers to these questions will determine what type of challenge is right for you.

For example, if you want an intense challenge to push yourself to complete a creative project then a 30 day challenge such as National Novel Writing Month might be right for you.  It's a deep dive to fully immerse yourself but generally not a schedule you can sustain for a long time.  (Get ready NaNoWriMo starts Nov 1!)

But maybe instead you want to establish a daily habit, then a year long challenge might be right for you.  New Year is the perfect day to start a 365 day challenge and set the theme for your year.  And when the year is up you can decide to keep going or pick a new challenge.  Here's an example Movie Poster a Day.

And of course, 100 days is somewhere in between.  Short enough to push yourself and long enough to build up a body of work and grow your creative talent.  Like my own photography challenge #100daysofXena.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why You Should Share Your Creative Work

photo by Cassie Brenn

As an introvert, at times in my life I have been reluctant to share my creative work with the outside world.  But after reading Austin Kleon's book Show Your Work, I've changed my point of view.

I've started posting my work on different websites and it has been extremely satisfying.  Maybe no one is watching, I have a mere 7 followers on Instagram, but it has helped me sort through my thoughts on art and creativity, given me an archive of work, and helped me discover new talents.

And here's 3 more reasons why YOU should share your work.

1. You learn by doing and having the goal of sharing your work can be the push you need to get started.

2. It helps us all overcome the idea of perfectionism. No one gets it right the first time. But everyone must have a first time. Show your work even if you are a beginner and everyone benefits from seeing your growth, not just your highly polished talent after years of practice.

3. Posting your work connects you to the community and that can lead to some great things such as   finding like minded people and mentors.

Now go Seize the Day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Remove your Creative Barriers

Creative barriers are things that are blocking you from creating the creative works you want to create.  And here's the kicker, they are barriers we put up ourselves.  It is telling yourself things like I'm too old, I'm too young, I don't have enough money, etc.  The truth is they are just excuses we make up because we think we will be judged by others.  If I try this and I fail others will judge me.  Yeah they might.  but you can't control what other people do.   And you might also say, "but it's true, I don't have enough money."   Well, when there's a will, there's a way.  Just watch this video about Folk Artist Butch Anthony.... Barriers removed.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Discover Something New Day

Today is Columbus day in the US.  Supposedly Christopher Columbus was the first person to discover America. That is if you don't count the people that were already here or the Vikings, which we are now learning, probably landed in North America some 500 years before that.  And not to mention that Columbus never set foot on what is now the US mainland or that he thought he was in India.  Yes, besides all of that.  I say let's celebrate.  Let's celebrate the fact that he took a chance and set out on a voyage of the unknown in search of something new.

So Let's make our own voyage as explorers of the creative and dedicate this day to discovering something new.  Who knows what you will find but one things for sure ...

 "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

So get out there and see what is waiting to be discovered...
  • Eat a new food, discover the spice of life
  • Try a new art material, discover a new perspective
  • Visit a new place, discover inspiration
  • Learn a new skill, discover a hidden talent  
Ok the last one is a shameless plug for my new class, How to Write Funny Riddles which you can find here.  It's free for the first 25 students, I'm just saying... discover laughter, make the world a happier place...

Happy Discover Something New Day!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

What Computer Scientist Can Teach Us about Creativity

I was reading the latest issue of Neuroscience News when... wait, why are you laughing?  No really I read it all the time...  Ok, ok I was reading the headlines looking for joke set ups but I came across an  article that I actually did read  Computer Experts Identify 14 Themes of Creativity.

Computer Scientist want to teach computers to think more creatively so they need to know what creativity is.  To do that they looked at all the scientific papers on the subject, did a language analysis of them and came up with these 14 themes that are used the most when academics describe the creative process.

See what you think.  Do you agree or disagree?

Creativity is ...

  • active involvement and persistence
  • dealing with uncertainty
  • domain competence
  • general intellect
  • generating results
  • independence and freedom
  • intention and emotional involvement
  • originality
  • progression and development
  • social interaction and communication
  • spontaneity and subconscious processing
  • thinking and evaluation
  • value
  • variety, divergence and experimentation

University of Kent. “Computer Experts Identify 14 Themes of Creativity.” NeuroscienceNews. NeuroscienceNews, 6 October 2016.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Write Riddles

My new class is now on line.  I'm offering free enrollments to the first 25 students.  If you would like to learn how to make kids or kids at heart laugh then check it out.

Go ahead I'll wait...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Joke vs. Riddle vs. Comic Strip: What's the difference?

A joke, a riddle and a comic strip walk into a bar, and the bartender says, "Are you kidding me?"
Although the words are often used interchangeably, the difference between the 3 all comes down to the set up.   A joke is a statement, a riddle is a question, and a comic uses a picture for the set up.

There's a group of witches that claim they can make a love potion in under a minute.  They call themselves a microwave coven.

What do you call a group of witches that can make a potion in under a minute?
A microwave coven

Single Panel Comic Strip

So, if you're having trouble writing your jokes, maybe they would work better as riddles or draw it up as a comic strip.   

My next class with Skillshare will be on How to Write Funny Riddles.  I'll be releasing it in the next few days.  Hope to see you there.  But in the mean time why not take one of my other classes