In the past few weeks I've been struggling with a creativity rut of sorts. It's been creeping up on me slowly. I have a million ideas but they seem to be jumbled up in my head. It's been hard to figure out how to tie everything together. I think that's part of the reason why I started the 'one month of projects'.
What I'll be working on in the new year is starting to evolve. It won't deviate that much from what I'm doing right now but I feel like a plan is coming together. One of the 'tools' I've used came to me serendipidously in the mail a few weeks ago. It's a book called The Creative Entrepreneur. It's a guide book that helps a creative, albeit business challenged, person like myself get more organized. One of the goals of the book is to visually record your notes or work in an art journal. I'm not the type to journal or even scrapbook so I'm completely skipping the artsy part of the book (sorry!). I'm keeping notes of everything that I've come up with so far. It's been very inspiring and the prompts and questions that are to be considered have helped me pinpoint what I really want to do. I like the fact that I'm working on this now, so that I can start the new year with a fresh outlook.
While I'm on the subject, another book that I have and has been helpful when I'm creatively stuck is Caffeine for the Creative Mind. I work on it randomly opening it to any page and trying out one of the 250 exercises that are included. It has worked before so it's always in a handy spot.
If books don't help then another option is to jump right in. I did just that today. I called it In The Breeze..