Creative prompts give you an opportunity to create without being responsible for coming up with the initial idea. You get to sit down and just starting creating without a lot of forethought.
Here’s the story.
I’ve had a few requests to occasionally receive creative prompts as a part of my newsletters. I know some people love creative prompts because it’s a great way to practice your creativity. Others hate them because they feel the pressure to create something when they aren’t necessarily feeling inspired. So if you are one of those who love them, this is for you. If you haven’t ever tried a creative prompt, keep reading below for a few tips to get started.
Why should you try creative prompts?
Creative prompts give you an opportunity to create without being responsible for coming up with the initial idea. You get to sit down and just starting creating without a lot of forethought. In addition with creative prompts there is no pressure to create the next big, amazing thing – the point is to get you mind moving and your creative juices flowing – the end product really isn’t all that important. Truthfully when you have completed a creative prompt, more often than not, you will never look at it again.
If you are someone who has already developed a solid habit of practicing your creativity (or are on your way to), creative prompts can still be useful once in awhile to change it up and get your mind working in a different direction.
So, without further ado, this week’s prompt:
Write a letter from one object to another and back. For example, a complaint letter from a nail to a hammer, then include the hammer’s response.
If you have an idea for a response to the prompt – go for it. I can’t wait to see what you make.
If you are someone who normally hates creative prompts because you don’t know where to start, keep reading!
How to get started: It definitely can be difficult to get started with a creative prompt. They are awesome because they are so open-ended, but they can be frustrating because they are so open-ended.
Let’s start by breaking it down:
- Choose any two objects. They can be objects that go together, like a hammer and nail, or objects that have nothing to do with each other, like an desk and a dishwasher. It’s totally up to you.
- Think about all the possible types of letters: love letters, complaint letters, form letters, sales inquiry letters, letters of recommendation, thank you notes, birthday cards, and many more.
- Which object is writing the first letter. In the case of my example, it makes sense (to me) to have the nail start by writing the complaint letter to the hammer. Then the hammer would respond.
- Start writing. Or drawing. Or doing whatever you want in order to respond to this prompt. The prompt said write a letter, but really it’s up to you to decide what to create with this prompt.
- That’s it – not too difficult!
I hope you enjoyed your first creative prompt from greens + blues co. As I said, I will occasionally share new prompts.