When it comes to creativity, the experts (by which I mean people who study that kind of thing) suggest that one way to give yourself a boost is to do creative things that aren’t in your wheelhouse.
So, if you’re a dancer, you might spend some time now and again writing poetry…
If you’re a musician, you might take a pottery class…
And if you’re a writer, you might try painting…
I love the idea of painting, but I have very little in the way of visual artistic skill. So, for me, painting can feel like an exercise in frustration.
But this past week, while taking a little break from work, one of the things I did was a paint-by-number project.
You remember those from when you were a kid, right? They come with little numbered pots of paint. You match the color to the number on your canvas and try to paint within the lines. And when you’re done, you have something that looks kind of like a painting. (Not usually as good as what’s on the cover of the box, but close enough for a sense of accomplishment.)
The ones you did when you were a kid were pretty darn simple.
Now they make a grown-up version. Twenty-four different colors of paint. Hundreds of little numbered spaces — some of them so tiny, a two-digit number has to be stacked vertically to fit.
You can do a Van Gogh, a Klimt, a Monet… and in the end, you may actually have something worth displaying.
I wasn’t sure this kind of project would take me into a flow state… but it worked. I’d settle in to paint, and before I knew it, I’d be completely focused, unaware of time passing, fully “in the zone.”
Whether or not this gives my writing a creative lift remains to be seen. But either way, it’s been fun, and I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.
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