My wonderful wife Lisa and I were talking the other day about creativity. As writers, we both know how it feels to be in The Writing Zone, that magical time while writing when you tap into something deep inside of yourself and create art with it.
It’s a pretty wonderful feeling.
We also talked about how I’ve struggled on some days lately with getting started on various writing projects. It’s not that I’ve had writer’s block exactly, but something has been holding me back. Lisa suggested that I try tapping into my creativity by doing some different things like coloring or drawing.
That sounded like a good idea to me and I figured I’d give it a go this morning. My first thought was to draw, but I couldn’t decide what to draw. I’m not the world’s greatest artist, but I have fun with it.
Here’s one that I did last year:
I’ve never been sure what to call this one, but I think I’m going to go with GREEN JESUS, THE BLUE MOUSE, AND TWO GUYS WITH BIG PROBLEMS.
So, instead of drawing this morning, I decided to color instead. Lisa has several awesome coloring books and I grabbed one and a bunch of crayons and sat down to color.
I put on some music by The Monkees and I colored for over an hour. And you know what? I had a fantastic time! I came up with my own “vision” of what I wanted it to look like and I ended up being very happy with the results.
And that’s what I did. Whatever my own personal inner light is, I let it shine here. I had fun and I really feel like I tapped into something inside of me and made my own unique art.
There are probably several thousand people in the world with the same coloring book who colored into the same picture that I did, but I bet that none of them did it 100% exactly like I did.
What I created is mine.
So, I’m going to make this a regular thing, not just on days when I’m not writing. For anyone who feels like being creative and having some fun, I suggest giving it a try.
Get some crayons and let your own inner light shine.