Posts Tagged With: creative

Run Forrest, Run!!

Well I’m not planing on strapping on my running shoes and leave everything behind for an unknown amount of time, but I have been getting into running again. I started running again right before my vacation started, and I brought my workout clothes with me so that I could continue on with the good habit even though I’m away from home. And so far I’ve been doing really good. I’ve been out running every day  this week, and I can already feel a difference in my pace and endurance.

And one thing that I’ve noticed after I started taking my purple shoes out to get some air more often, is that my writing is flowing more smoothly. I’m very well aware that a healthy body helps out when it comes to a healthy mind as well, but I think the main reason why it’s having such a wonderful impact on my creative process, is this;

When I run, my mind clears up. I move through the forest and my thoughts run off to everywhere and nowhere all at once. It’s a form of meditation. A way to disconnect and silence all the inner voices that I shouldn’t listen to, and to connect with all that is good for me. The deeper into the forest I get, the deeper into my own mind I dive. And in the inner, most silent corners of my mind, I find the important parts. The thoughts that hides away in fear of being seen. The ones that shines brightly as soon as they are lifted out of the dark and into the light.

So that is one of the main reasons why I now drag myself out daily to sweat it out under the trees shadows.

I run because my mind need it. I run because the sounds of nature silence the words of doubt and fear. I run because I love how it makes me feel, and how it makes me write.

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I was thinking about not caring…

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Well that title makes me sounds like a cynic, but hear me out here. While walking to a writing session today, I had my camera with me and filmed some footage for future vlogs. I’ve been doing that a lot for the last week or so and the more I film, the more I realise how much I love it. And here’s the thing: I live in Norway, and even though I live in the capital where there are so many creative people, most of them will still find you weird and stare at you while you’re filming the train passing by or a pigeon walking in circles. It’s way too easy to feel kind of awkward when this happens, and I’ve definitely been awkward more times than I can count. And I also realised that this sometimes make me hesitate when it comes to pulling out my camera, making me lose that perfect shot.

But today, I just felt so overwhelmed with creativity while out walking and I suddenly found myself not even caring the tiniest of bits who was looking my way while I was sitting down and filming the shoes that passed me by. And guess what! It felt bloody brilliant! I was skipping along with the biggest smile on my face and the camera in front of it. I got a lot of curious looks but why should I even care about that? What difference does it make who stares and what they think? Why are we so afraid of standing out because of our creativity and life choices? It’s been many years since I stopped caring about what people thought about my clothes and my personality, but I hadn’t realised that I still cared about who thought what I was up to was weird! But today I set a stop to it. I’m going to be my kind of creative no matter who stares or who comments about it. My artistic voice is my own, and does who care to listen are more than welcome to do so, and those who doesn’t care for it can leave or look another way. They don’t have to be a part of it in any way.

It’s about time we all stopped compromising our creativity for the sake of other people’s opinions. When it comes so creating something, the only opinion you really need to listen to is your own, and then you can choose who you listen to after that for the right kind of criticism and advice.

Let’s be creative and stop caring so much!

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Commit to the Act of Creating with Sarah Peck

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UNMISTAKABLE CREATIVE – The Crossroads of Should and Must with Elle Luna

I watched this video yesterday and found it to be very inspiring and motivating! And now I think it’s time to share it with you guys so that it might ignite a spark in you as well!

Enjoy!

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Thoughts In The Night

Throughout this weekend I’ve had a lot of quality time together with my son and if there is one thing that I find absolutely fascinating it is watching him play and see how his imagination unfolds. 

Whilst doing exactly this yesterday a quote that I read a while back came to mind.

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And as i sat there and played with some figurines together with him it hit me how little the difference there is from his playing to my writing.

I’m not saying that the subject of either is even remotely alike, but there is something so amazingly similar to being creative as an adult as it is to see the imagination and creativity of a child. They have that amazing sense and belief in magic and the endless possibilities of everything. 

Do you remember how awesome it was to create your own world? Your own characters? And deciding where they were going and what they were going to do?

I sure do! And even remember being amazed at how my imaginary worlds unfolded and evolved by themselves. 

Do you see the similarity? 

In my writing today I get to do those exact same thing!

Just as reading, playing games and going on imaginary adventures, I’m taking my own escape from the real world and into a world of my own. A world where the characters that I’ve made are evolving into more than I could have ever imagined. A world where I can steer them in any given direction and see what happens. A world where I can introduce as much magic and “impossibilities” as I wish. 

Creativity is such an amazing thing and I believe that we all have it in us, but in different ways. 

I’m lucky to be surrounded by inspiring and creative people in so many ways!

Could it be that our creativity is a way of refusing to grow up? That even though we’ve set foot into the adult world and have to deal with (let’s face it) a lot of boredom, we hold on tightly to that inner child?

So be it! I would not have it any other way! 

I will continue to embrace and love my inner child. That little ginger girl that can make anything happen in her own world will never grow up! 

That is a promise 🙂

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Creative Milestones

To see my novel take shape is such an amazing process to be a part of. As some of you who follow me probably have noticed I write by hand first and then into my Mac. I started with a milestone of 50 pages and was thrilled to get there. Now I have reached my 100 pages milestone and I can’t believe how well it’s going. I have made a promise to myself that the book will be finished (first draft at least) before the year 2015 is here. So now I’ve stepped up my game and I feel fortunate to be so inspired and seeing that my characters are developing a life of their own in my mind (feeling slightly schizophrenic at times though) and at times are even surprised at the choices that they make.

I don’t think I have ever felt more like a writer as I am feeling now a days. This is truly what I love to do. With my pen in hand and my characters playing out their lives in my head I find that extra bliss even on those gray and gloomy days.

Next milestone to reach is 150. How long will it take?? Stick around to find out 🙂

What kind of creative milestones do you strive to achieve these days?

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