Rekindling Creativity Challenge

For some of us, November means NaNoWriMo (write a novel in a month). For others, it means watching the days get shorter, darker, and colder, and fighting the urge to hibernate. (Or maybe giving in, just a little bit, but not too much.)

For you, friends of WOTA, I propose a November challenge that will spark your creativity. However you want to go about it; whatever appeals to you most; whatever you can think of to step outside your comfort zone, stretch your creative muscles, add a little color to your life or a spring to your step.

You can do anything you want, really. But I hope you’ll share your challenge in the comments below, and then check back to tell us how it’s going. What did you learn? What did you do? What inspiration descended from above?

Here are some things you might consider:

  • Write something in a genre you usually don’t write in. Share the results below in the comments or on our Facebook page.
  • Visit a new place in your local area. For example, the National Pearl Button Museum, if you haven’t seen it already, and check out not just the amazing displays on the first floor but the commodious space on the second floor, where WOTA meets.
  • Write a poem and submit it to Riverfront Poetry.
  • Join a new group–a fitness group, a hobby group, a group that provides volunteer services to area residents.
  • Learn a new skill: paint, draw, embroider, crochet . . . the list is endless.
  • Attend a community event–an exhibit, lecture, musical evening or performance.
  • Redecorate or redesign something: an area of your house, your yard, your wardrobe.
  • Read a book you wouldn’t normally choose, or listen to a podcast you wouldn’t normally listen to.
  • <fill in your own artistic, social, or spiritual endeavor here>

Maybe you choose one thing for the month and you’re done. Maybe you choose a small challenge each week. Maybe you decide to try something new for each day in November. Tell us about it and share your spark!

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  1. I’ve decided, for my Rekindling Creativity challenge, that I’m going to write a book I’ve wanted to write for a long time. It will be a short, crafty book on how to write a short story, and it will be the first in a series of Madwriters Guides. I’ll write a section a day and come December, I’ll have a book I can share with the world! That’s the goal, anyway.

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    1. Thanks for a great and thoughtful post. I will be looking for it Misty!
      I like that idea of getting out of someone’s comfort zone and I have been trying so many things lately. Here are just a few: I discovered a young artist from South Africa just this month singing and dancing to a very energetic rhythm. Sho Madjozi is her name and I decided to get out of my comfort zone and try it. I haven’t dance like that for maybe 20 years and I am having a blast (maybe because the idea of being alive is just so priceless in this pandemic.) with my daughter who is enjoying the dance with me even as my son looks on mortified (he thinks mom is out of her game).
      On the writing side, I am searching for an illustrator and hope to publish my first picture book in 2021. Yey!
      Another thing I tried is making Sushi at home and I will be sharing a video we made soon. Hopefully it helps another person get out of their comfort zone and try something new.

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