How To Create A Creativity Manifesto And Why You Need It

The start of the week is a good time to define your own creativity manifesto and make a list of things you’d like to accomplish. Many find lists restrictive, but the truth is restrictions force you to stay more creative about your craft and explore the boundaries to make something unique and truly your own.

Do you have a creativity manifesto that you adhere to? As a creative writer, an entrepreneur or a marketer, how do you ensure you’re honing your creativity to the very maximum?

Creativity manifestos are not just a random fad. They define your process as a writer, a maker and someone who is privileged to see the world differently and be able to contribute with fresh ideas. Whether you create for a living, or do so because it’s your way of living, a manifesto helps you reflect on your own journey and keeps you inspired.

I’m sharing a new creativity manifesto that I find inspiring to start any week with!

  1. Make a list. I find the most amazing part of making is list is ticking off things. I love that feeling on a Friday. Don’t you?
  2. Clean the table. Open up your space. It’s an incredibly liberating feeling to have more space to create and start from a fresh place
  3. Find the music that you love. And find new music. I often listen to folk, jazz and bluegrass when I am trying to create, choose your own mojo. Find the music that makes you get into the groove.
  4. Collaborate with others on projects, writing, marketing, drawing, anything that you do. It helps you stay motivated and build momentum into your projects.
  5. Change your physical space. Get to the neighborhood coffee shop. Add this to your list. You’d know from my Instagram feed that I am a local coffee shop regular. Something good always happens when you go out, or write in public.
  6. Exercise. As much as you can, each day. You will notice the endorphins running high creating positive feelings. You need those. Personally, I can’t overstate the importance of this in life. You may have everything in life, but poor health will take you nowhere important.
  7. Learn new things. Join trainings, go to a museum, an art class, learn something new. It cross trains your brain and gives it a great workout. I’ve been doing an art class each Saturday and I invariably hate it, because I don’t necessarily like guidelines about art. But it’s changing me and how. Just like writing, guidelines and restrictions help you grow, and see the other side. You also appreciate creativity with new eyes.
  8. Talk to people you like. Email, post, message, connect. It keeps you real. I couldn’t walk a step each day if I didn’t have my mother to speak to or talk about random details with.
  9. Listen to ideas you disagree with to understand a new perspective. You always tend to have a viewpoint in a political or humanitarian argument. Sometimes just reading about the other side tends to open me up and make me more empathetic or even just more self-aware.
  10. Set writing appointments in your calendar. Create a goal for the writing you’d love to work on and define it. Follow up and give yourself a little award in case you achieve it!
  11. Ask people what they think about random things. From customers to friends to family, keep up your curiosity. Ask them what engages them in something new. Talk about what they find interesting. Learn what you could do better.
  12. Read. Go to your neighborhood library, or get your Amazon doing wonders for you. There are no shortcuts to it. Reading builds you up as a person, a writer and a creative. You need new ideas. And reading takes you far. Read something you’ve never read before. For me these days, it’s a ton of graphic and children’s books. They show me to so many new visual possibilities.
  13. Draw out your ideas before you create them. Storyboarding and drawing out your imagination helps you refine your ideas before you send them out to the cosmic world
  14. Do something that scares you. Personally for me it’s been going more visual- whether through drawing, videos (g u l p) or just sharing things that are more than mere text in nature. It’s helping me push my own boundaries as a storyteller.
  15. Listen to your voice. Literally, record your writing in your own voice and use that as a means to improve and improvise. It helps you hear your thoughts better.
  16. Hang out with positive people. It’s easy to stay in your own cocoon or in relationships that are negative and taxing. Get out there and find positive people. From neighbors to people in your writing group, send out the positive vibe. The world does respond.
  17. Find your inspirations. Is there someone whose work you really appreciate? Stalk them, read what they have to say. See how they present their work and learn. Spend time thinking how you could do things better.
  18. Write what you’d like to read. At each phase as a writer or marketer, this may change for you. If you like reading an ad on Facebook, be like that ad. If you’d like to read something that you’ve not found anywhere, write it. Be that person.
  19. Allow yourself to feel vulnerable. Share things that you feel uncomfortable talking about. Take a risk. Gulp and go ahead.
  20. Define your projects and ship them. What projects would you like to do? Define your S.M.A.R.T. goals and get into it. Share/ ship your project before you kill it by feeling it’s already been done before. Give your ideas a chance.
  21. Dress up. Dressing up for writing and creating something new, brings in good energy. You could dress up in a regular pair of jeans, but make that effort. Especially, if you work out of home.
  22. Say YES. Invites to new events, trainings, collaborations, creative conferences, ALL need to be a yes, first. Try the new before you decline the offer.
  23. Cry. It’s ok to let yourself feel the emotions of your journey. Not everything will work, and not everyday will be honky-dory. Feel it. And move ahead.
  24. Savor the afterglow. Creativity gives you a high. It makes you feel better about life. Remember that feeling you get after you create something you feel happy with. Create keeping that in mind.

What’s on your creativity manifesto? How have you tried to get your creativity up a notch?

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First published here on March 21, 2016