Sitting outside for class on Tuesday was really refreshing. During our group discussion about what gifts we can bring to our project, we found that many of us feel inspired by nature.
We feel more creative and relaxed beneath the sun, sitting in the grass, walking in the woods, or listening to water. After a long winter, I am really excited to spend more time outside in the warmer weather. So, as a class reflection, I took a slow walk around campus on Tuesday, enjoying the warm air, and the beautiful campus. Here are some photos from my walk. I took these right before the storm started, when the sky looked particularly dramatic:
Reading Piirto’s chapter on creative writers, I realized that I know a lot of people who fit into this category. Perhaps it’s because I go to the Missouri School of Journalism … yea, that’s probably the reason. But the personality traits Piirto uses to describe a creative writer seemed like they could fit just about anybody. I created this image using Wordle and shared it on Facebook.
I’m curious to see what other people think about these words to describe a creative writer, and if they feel it characterizes them.
As we have talked about in class, I think it’s important that we are in tune with our creative process. Lately, I’ve been trying to pay attention to what time of the day I am most productive as well as most creative. I’m learning that I am most focused in the morning, so I try to knock out my emails, class projects and studying before noon. I am most active during the afternoon, which tends to lend itself to a lot of creative energy, as long as I am not sitting still. So it’s perfect that our class falls right around this time. My mind is wide-awake, it’s been warming up for hours and it’s ready to go. In the evening … well, I’m still trying to figure this one out. I haven’t noticed a consistent pattern of thinking or behavior as the day starts to wind down. I think I get more distracted after 5 p.m., as I’m ready to relax. But I want to start paying attention to what my creative process looks like when the sun starts to set.If you liked this post, check out my other posts about creativity here: https://nicolelunger.wordpress.com/category/creativity-2/