Creative Every Day: My List of Possibilities

Change and risk-taking are normal aspects of the creative process. They are the lubricants that keep the wheels in motion. A creative act is not necessarily something that has never been done; it is something you’ve never done before. ~Margaret Mead

As part of the Creative Every Day Challenge for 2009, I might:

draw from nature * write a poem * start a local writer’s group * make greeting cards * visit a gallery * crochet a scarf * post photos to Flickr * finish my afghan-in-progress * take a new route home from work and see new sights * dye Easter eggs * build a bonfire * play with dots * write a short story * make a book * wear a new and different style of clothing * design a journal * see a museum exhibit * volunteer for the local arts council * write a nonfiction book * write a letter to someone in longhand * create a new smoothie flavor * make something from fabric scraps * take a creative day off work * make a dream book * learn to dance * knit a pair of socks * create a collage * make paper * visit a craft shop and see what attracts me * take a pottery class * weave a basket * make a gift for someone * try calligraphy * plan a vacation * find interesting objects in nature * play with words in a new way * fingerpaint * make beaded jewelry * do origami * take a walk someplace new * change my hairstyle * sleep outdoors * make a Hallowe’en costume * doodle * play the piano * design a workshop * browse an antique store * learn to quilt * go to a concert * write a chant * plant a garden * attend a theatrical production * read poetry out loud * organize photos in an album * try a new fruit * give away what no longer suits me * take someone flowers * sing * make a Zen garden * use the Milliande Creativity Club “artist date” prompt for the month * play a wooden flute * design a cross-stitch picture * decorate a box * make a list of funny words * read about a new craft * arrange some flowers * jump rope and make up rhymes * create a brochure * go to an arts festival * challenge a self-perception * burn candles * take nature photos * plan a party * illustrate a journal * create an arty wardrobe * dance to rock favorites from the 70s * make a snowman * play with crayons, colored pencils, or paint pens * plan a surprise for myself * make my own gift bags * recycle old earrings into new jewelry or sculpture * splurge on soft sheets * draw a picture of who I am becoming * write a fan letter * build a sand sculpture * think up arguments to quiet my inner critic * tell someone off in my head * play with stripes * buy myself a toy * create a mantra for each day * observe in moonlight * make love in a new way * make a drum * go caroling * light some incense * daydream in a hammock * create an altar * tell someone how much I care about them * meditate * shirk responsibility * rent a bicycle * build a studio * draw a cartoon * play on a playground * draw a picture of my creativity * have a pillow fight * press some leaves or flowers * rearrange the furniture * join a book discussion group * do some bad art * learn Spanish * climb a tree * pamper myself * write a Dear John letter to the part of myself I want to shed * try out for a play * write a letter to the creative child in me * take voice lessons * participate in an open mike poetry reading * enter a contest * make an artist totem * write a good review of my work * cuddle up with a blanket and my stuffed puppy * write verses for children * notice ceilings * make a spiritual corner in my house * make a junk sculpture * draw a mandala * take tap dancing lessons…

Whew! That was FUN! What else would you include on your list of artistic possibilities for the new year?


10 Responses to Creative Every Day: My List of Possibilities

  1. Claudia says:

    WOW – I’m glad you said “might” cause that is A LOT of things to do. Happy New Year my friend!!! I hope we can do some of those things together.

  2. Kathryn says:

    What a list! These would be great things to jot down on little slips and kept in a beautiful jar or box. Anytime you feel restless or without direction just go to your jar of possibilities and pull one out. I may do this myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Cheers to a creative 2009!

  3. Genie says:

    How fantastically prolific! More power to you! 🙂

  4. leah says:

    I make lists like this too and it’s such a great way to begin the year! What a great list you’ve created!!

  5. Jane says:

    So much possibility there! I look forward to seeing which things you choose. Happy New Year!

  6. Teresa says:

    I am exhausted just reading about all these possibilities. I’m pretty sure I need to take a nap now. Just kidding.

    My plans: Build a huge vocabulary in English and Spanish* Revive what little Portuguese I still can remember* Learn some basic Japanese* Learn some calligraphy* Learn origami* Learn at least one new sign language expression every day* Study the basics of constitutional law* Practice both yoga and tai chi with dedication* Draw* Write* Take a class in literary translation* Unclutter my life, starting with my office* Learn about Gullah and Geechee cultures* Go to museums at every opportunity* Get in touch with an old friend from ElDorado (already did – it is wonderful!) Take a swing-dancing class* Take a train up the California coast* Get my hair cut short (Done!) Fix one of my best friend’s hair in a new fashion :))


  7. donna says:

    Nihon go no wakarimasen. ;^)

  8. […] for things I could do to follow through on that intention. In reviewing the list from my previous post, reprinted below, I see there are some things I actually did do in 2009! (I’ve made them […]

  9. amy smithson says:

    Wow, a shatteringly long list of possibilities. Another great post! Writing a chant is one I haven’t tried.

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