Over the summer I took a break from creative writing projects. Though I think the time off probably did me a lot of good, I’ve found it hard to get back into the right mindset. I believe that creativity breeds creativity, and this concept has definitely been true for me in the past. I really wanted to find a way to jump-start my brain back into full-on creative mode.
I’ve been reading a lot about thirty day challenges recently, and I was particularly inspired by this post by James Greig and decided to try a challenge myself. However, I wasn’t sure that a daily word count would work for me at the moment. This was for two reasons:
- Because I’m a little bit busy at the moment and a daily word count would probably be too ambitious.
- Because I wanted a challenge that would get me back into the habit of being creative across a number of different projects, including my novel, short fiction, my blog and creative non-fiction pieces.
After a bit of thinking, I decided on a thirty day idea challenge. Basically, for thirty days I’m challenging myself to come up with a creative writing idea and a short outline. This could be a hundred word plan for a blog post, a brief outline for a short story or a quick idea for an article to pitch for publication elsewhere. It’s not supposed to be something that takes more than five or ten minutes daily; it’s designed to get my brain into the habit of producing ideas again. As an added bonus, at the end of the thirty days I’ll hopefully have a bank of usable ideas to get started on.
As for how I’m going to record these ideas, I’ve decided to go analogue. Physically filling in a notebook page a day seemed like it would be more motivating than doing the same thing digitally. I’ve dug out a notebook from my stash and have titled thirty pages for thirty days.
So, here goes day one. I will let you know how I get on!