Keeping the creativity flowing is essential for any creative, especially writers. Finding ways to spark creativity and imagination is one of the most important tools writers need to learn and develop. One great way to do this is to go on an Artist Date.
What is an Artist Date?
You may have recently read my post on the 5 Writing Books You Need To Read Now, and see I mentioned Julia Cameron’s The Writers Way. This is a 12-week course that consists of exercises and activities that you complete on your own. The main two are Morning Pages, free writing for 30 minutes each morning and Artist Dates.
You can hear Julia Cameron explain the concept here but to put it simply, it is where you go on a date with yourself to somewhere you find interesting and inspiring. Or you can even stay at home but do something for you that encourages your creativity or inner peace.
You should go on a date each week, making it a routine part of your life to get the most out of them. It doesn’t even have to take a large chunk of time out of your week, alternate each week from spending 10 minutes walking in the park to an afternoon at the museum.
Artist Date Ideas
So know you know what an artist date is, what types of dates could you go on?
- Run a bath and listen to your favourite podcast
- Visit a museum
- Take a walk in the park
- Grab a notepad and free write in a place you’ve never written before
- Buy some art materials and get creative
- Bake a cake
- Watch a favourite program
- Go and see a film with subtitles
- People watch
- Take a train to somewhere you’ve never been
- Make notes on a bus journey
- Listen to people around you in a cafe
- Grab your camera or phone and snap some pictures of anything you find interesting
- Take an art class
- Climb a tree
- Go on a guided walk
- Get in your garden and plant something
- Create a vision board (a real one not a digital one)
- Buy a book from a genre you’ve never read before
- Go to the beach and collect pebbles
- Write down 10 people who inspire you and why.
- Take an exercise class
- Visit a church, temple or other holy building and explore
- Walk around your town or city and look up at the buildings above you
- Put on your favourite songs and let the music envelop you
- Finger paint
- Do something that scares you
- Book in for a beauty treatment/massage
- Have your hair done
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
- Make a snowman
- Go foraging
- Lay in the grass and listen
- Visit a fair or theme park
There are many more things you can try, but the main point is to spend time on you and explore things you might have forgotten that inspire you or that you enjoy doing. As life takes over, we forget the things we used to enjoy as a child and often think of them as silly or of no value yet it is usually those simple acts that nurture our soul and spark creativity.
Which artist date will you try?