Start a daily creative practice in five minutes

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It can be difficult to maintain a creative practice day in and day out. But being creative doesn’t have to be a laborious endeavor. Spending even five minutes a day doing something creative flexes those muscles and can keep you in touch with your inner artist.

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Use the following suggestions to jump-start your daily creative practice.

  • Spend five minutes free writing. Don’t try to write about anything in particular. Just keep your pen or pencil moving for five minutes straight.

  • Try the incomplete figure test. Spend five minutes completing the incomplete figure test, using the beginnings of line drawings. The best part about this activity is that you can return to it again and again and draw something new every time.

  • Spend five minutes walking around your block and take at least six photos during your walk. 

  • Go to any room in your home and spend five minutes sketching an object while looking only at it. Don't look at what you’re creating until the five minutes are up.

  • Grab a book. Open to page 22. Read the page and either draw or write for five minutes based only on what you’ve read.

  • Spend five minutes making a collage out of your junk mail items.

  • Pick any familiar object (paper clip, toothbrush, fork) and brainstorm as many different uses for that object as you can in five minutes.

  • Take five minutes and redecorate your living room with items from any other room in the house.

  • Grab a recent newspaper or magazine. Spend five minutes cutting out different words. Throw the words into the air and arrange them into a poem.

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