In my first very short but sweet Story Cures podcast, I talk about using centers (like in kindergarten) to cultivate creativity. Yesterday, I took 30 minutes to put my plan into action. I set up a poetry reading center with Mark Jarman's Unholy Sonnets.
I set up a writing center with my journal and a pen.
And I set up a creativity center with paper, a pen, and scissors.
I read Jarman's poems for ten minutes. I focused on #40-#48 because those are my favorites. (You can read "Unholy Sonnet 42" online here.) Then I wrote about his poems for ten minutes. Then I wrote a few lines from "Unholy Sonnet 42" and cut up the lines so one word appeared on each scrap of paper. I played with the words for the remainder of my ten minutes, moving them around, trying to create new connections.
This is a great way to engage with another writer's words and ideas while stimulating your own words and ideas. It's easy to set up and simple to do without feeling overwhelmed by pressure TO BE CREATIVE. It's also a great way to take a 30-minute break from scrolling mindlessly through Twitter or Facebook or Instagram.
Try Googling "kindergarten centers" and see if you can come up with some ideas for centers to cultivate your creativity. If you end up having your own center time, let me know how it goes!
And tune in to my Story Cures podcast for more on reading, writing, creativiy, and/or grace in three minutes or less.