Unlocking the Power of Consistent Creativity in 2024
As we begin another year, it's a traditional time to reflect on the small habits and rituals that can bring significant change to our lives. I have been thinking about a concept that I read about recently in "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson.
In "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck," Manson recounts the story of a prolific novelist who has authored over 70 books. This novelist's secret? A simple daily goal of writing just 200 "crappy" words. This approach not only helps him overcome writing procrastination but also serves as a powerful catalyst for creativity.
The Magic of Momentum
Interestingly, Manson points out that once the novelist starts writing those initial 200 crappy words, he often finds himself surpassing that limit effortlessly. This is because taking action and generating those first few paragraphs creates momentum and fuels his motivation to continue. It becomes a warm-up, paving the way for more substantial creative output—1,000, 2,000, or even more words.
We often find ourselves waiting for inspiration to strike before diving into our art. But what if we flipped that script and embraced the idea that taking action is the key to unlocking inspiration? The "Do Something" Principle suggests that by simply starting, even with small steps, you can ignite a chain reaction of inspiration and motivation.
Adapting the Principle for Our Craft
Just as the novelist applies this concept to writing, we can adapt it to our artistic practices. Whether we're crafting, upcycling furniture, or engaging in any creative endeavor, setting a small daily goal can make a remarkable difference. For example, dedicating 10 minutes each day to our craft may seem insignificant, but it's the consistency that matters. Starting with small, imperfect steps allows us to build momentum and find ourselves immersed in the joy of creation.
Embracing the Journey
As women artists over 50, we have a wealth of experience and wisdom to infuse into our crafts. By embracing the "200 crappy words" principle, we give ourselves permission to explore, experiment, and grow as artists. Let go of perfectionism and embrace the journey—every small step counts towards creating something truly meaningful.
The Power of Small Steps
In the journey of artistic self-discovery, many women artists often overlook the power of small steps. It's easy to underestimate the impact of a few minutes dedicated to our art every day. But here's the "AH HA!" moment: it is through these seemingly insignificant actions that we make the most profound and lasting progress. By embracing the power of small steps, we unlock our creativity, pave the way for transformative growth, and embark on a path towards artistic fulfillment. So, let's embrace the notion that even a few minutes a day can the catalyst for our artistic breakthroughs.
2024: The Year of Consistent Creativity
As we step into the New Year, let's embrace the challenge of dedicating just 10 minutes each day to creating art. Approach it with curiosity, without expecting miracles or masterpieces. Allow your creating to accumulate, gradually transforming your inner world. Who knows what wonders will unfold? Together, let's make 2024 a year of creative growth, self-discovery, and inspiration.
Join Sharon, the Accidental ArtMaker, on her creative journey as she spreads love and joy through creating art and enabling you as well: Accidental ArtMaker loves and supports every woman, mid-life or older, who is discovering herself and is creating art as a way to express that discovery. Just like your own journey, your art is uniquely beautiful too. Embrace it, kindle it, and be proud of it.
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