So, my creativity has been waning...I've got lot of ideas, but I'm unable to flesh them out. My largest boon of creativity happened during the years of single parenthood, when distractions were low, but as you may have figured from my recent writings, distractions are at an all time high...and at a point where my creativity needs to pay a larger portion of the bills. I can still be creative, as this week's project -- the Blushing Ladies Journal (soon to be NSFW) -- shows, I still have some creativity in my blood, but it's not at the level I'd like.
So, I've been trying a variety of things. I've set up places to write, using tools like MediaWiki to take off some of the pains of organization and allow me to just create. I've been planning on drawing more, as my illustrative skills are generally lacking anyways, but that, again, gets put off by priorities, and the set-up-time involved is time not spent on other things.
This morning, BTAF posted a link to 101 things to spur on an illustrator's creativity, and I liked a lot of them, and may do them eventually -- but #81 was a reminder of something I'd bookmarked with the intention of doing, but never got around to it: Illustration Friday.
So, I told myself I'd do it, I have fifteen minutes before I have to go to work, so don't think too hard about it, and don't sweat the details, and I don't even have to enter it if I don't want to. Here's what I came up with, for this week's theme of "communication":
Eh? Not so bad for a few minutes of scratching at my Graphire, right? It's not supposed to be great, but it at least made me think more right-brained for a few minutes. Maybe I'll do more on the same theme, or maybe I'll just wait until next Friday. Either way, at least I'm being creative.