A creativity prescription
Welcome back to my reform school for lacklustre sparkly people!
We’ve talked quite a lot about discovering all the different, important elements of YOU during our lessons.
We’ve talked about what’s important to you, what you care about, what you skills are, what your goals might be, feelings as goals, confidence and bravery, criticism, creative memories and more. Phew. That’s a lot of stuff, isn’t it?
What I thought we should do right now is see which parts are sticking and which aren’t. What seems VERY important and what doesn’t make as much sense for you right now… (Maybe it will further down the road?!) What’s working for you practically, what’s been a revelation or must-do and what you want to try to do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Write yourself a Creativity Prescription:
A daily prescription of things to do to increase creativity and wellbeing
A weekly prescription of things you should try to get to once a week to boost your creative super powers and
A monthly prescription of things that are less important, but still good to have on the back burner
An annual prescription of irregular but MUCH wanted or hoped for events/things
Don’t get too crazy and slot it all into daily. If you have lots of creative habits or encouragers that you want to add, spread them out to make things manageable.
The things you add to your prescriptions might be unique to you, and they might not. For instance they could be ‘weekly library visit’ or ‘daily yoga’ or ‘a poem a day’ or ‘monthly visit to gallery’ or ‘daily drawing’ or ‘weekly lunch with fave person’ or ‘daily journal writing’ or ‘annual solo retreat’.
Or maybe ‘wear lucky, creative -making socks every Thursday’ or ‘take trip to Aunty Flo’s to look at old photos once a month’.
Add habits to your prescription that are working for you right now. Add habits that have worked before and might be a bit forgotten. If there are things you haven’t tried yet but REALLY want to – add those to your prescription to (just write ‘as needed’ next to those, Doctor!)
Make sure you write your prescriptions somewhere safe, like in a journal. Slot your happy doses into your calendar, too. Just like a regular prescription they may need adjusting and updating, so revisit them regularly.
See if your prescriptions work for you. Try your best to follow along and if you need to make changes that make sense to you (and make things better for you!) do that.
What kinds of things will you prescribe yourself?
Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at – just please yourself.
Ralph Steiner (photographer/filmmaker)
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives : Lesson One
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Two
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Three
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Four
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Five
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Six
Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Seven