I have a hard time working on a big creative project during the summer. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent more of my life in school than out of it, and summer whispers vacation to me. Or maybe because summer is such a short season where I live and we’re eager to cram in as much pool, park and yard time as we can. Summer fills up with camps and cookouts, gardening and berry-picking and hiking. It’s time for play, not for marathons.
I doubt I’ll get a novel written in the next two months, but I do have some creative projects planned. I want writing to be fun again, so I’ll be experimenting with new ideas and new forms. Sir I. and I will (hopefully) start taking piano lessons. The kids and I will draw, color and paint. Then there’s that easy-to-make skirt I want to sew for Miss M.
So I put together a list of low-prep creative ideas for the busy person, things to do in thirty minutes or less:
- Play a musical instrument. Our piano lives in the hub of the house, it’s always available (no taking it out of its case), with my lesson book open on the music rack.
- Doodle, either using a book of drawing prompts or a pen and a sheet of paper.
- Freewrite. I do ten-minute sessions on a theme of my choice.
- Do an art or craft project with a kid. Don’t have a kid available? Do it on your own. Kid projects are unintimidating and simple, perfect for beginners and those with little time or few supplies. Check here and here and here for ideas.
- Journal in visual images for a change. Draw or make a collage. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Go on a walk with camera in hand and take pictures that interest you. You get to be creative and exercise.
- Sit out in your yard, the woods, or a park and sketch. I like to draw leaves. My kids like to bring me leaves to draw. Win-win.
- Do some mind-mapping.
- Write flash fiction.
Any other suggestions?