The BEST kind of beginning-of-the-year motivation? Creative motivation.
You know what they say (Maya Angelou first, apparently): “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Start the year off right with a good dose of it.
If you could use a nudge in the right direction, bookmark these five resources which offer up plethora of ideas to get your wheels turning.
Rookie, the blog born from Tavi Gevinson’s bedroom circa her 15th year is a treat for the sense. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography and artwork that’s featured, most of it fan-generated and super-fun. The tag “creative prompts” will lead you to a series of unique writing prompts by author and musician Stephanie Kuenhert, who has some interesting angles to spark your ideas, like record of a dream, fantasy dinner party and write a love letter.
If you like Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED Talk, Your Elusive Creative Genius, you’ll love Magic Lessons. The author’s offering of “road maps for the path to creativity” aims to give artists and creatives of all kinds and all walks of life a tailored-to-their-lifestyle “way out” of creative block. Callers call in to chat with Liz and other guest experts to get their perspectives and advice. Here Liz is always inspiring and never condescending.
This Tumblr blog is all business. No multimedia, no lifestyle content filler, just writing prompts, or rather “one-third useful ramblings, one-third writing prompts, one-third random font changes and different background colours,” to be exact. Navigate through all of the prompts through dialogue prompts like “that’s what they said,” first lines of stories and chapters like “hook, line and sinker” and more.
Every Monday, this crew of three novelists and a cartoonist come out with a 15-minute episode that covers a specific topic related to creative writing like literary techniques, idea generation, showing versus telling, the publishing industry and so many more. In its tenth season, this podcast is a longstanding banter-y answer to your lack of creative ideas.
Who doesn’t love a good motivational quote via Pinterest? This snackable section of prompts comes from Writers Write, which offers creative and business-writing courses in South Africa. Here you’ll find 1000+ pins of prompts, many of which will harken back to childhood memories, love new and old and other personal queries to explore.