Revisiting [sticking to] ‘try new’

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

Last fall, I subscribed to the Washington Post’s Bold School email newsletter, aimed toward an audience ‘beyond 50’. Thank you to the Post’s Vicky Fogg for this valuable weekly delivery.

Here is an excerpt from today’s newsletter:

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“Familiar music can comfort us, while listening or playing unfamiliar music challenges us by forcing our brains to work to make sense of the new sound.”
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As I write this, I’m listening to a Peter, Paul, and Mary song [Ballad of Spring Hill] I’d never before heard, thanks to a Spotify playlist shared by Vicky. And now, Mama Tried by Merle Haggard and the Strangers…and now, the instrumental On Interstate 15 by Wall of Voodoo. [Had never heard of this group before. I like the sound.]

Interesting stuff.

Keep thinking ‘try new’.

No matter how seemingly insignificant, ‘new’ injects a bit of interest into your day, your way of thinking, your creative process.

A recent example:

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Using Online Video for Prewriting

using online video for your prewriting title slide

Creative retirees, if you’re into writing and need a little boost to get your projects going, and keep them going, take a look at this short component of my prewriting course.

One item from the video: YouTube is just one source of online video available for prewriting. Pixabay and Pexels provide footage that can spur your imagination as well.

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Here is the link to the video segment.

More creative reinvention tips for July 5

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More suggestions from this list that I’ve shared on my Word Inventions blog .

From Leo Babauta of Zen Habits
[Note: The Zen Habits link alone should carry you through years of creative reinvention.]

  1. Get lots of rest. Overwork kills creativity.

  2. Don’t force it. Relax, play, it will start to flow.

  3. Allow your mind to wander. Allow distractions, when you’re looking for inspiration.

Do you have any tips to share?

A few creative reinvention tips for July 3

I’ve shared selections from this list on my Word Inventions blog .

Let’s see if any of these resonate with you.

From Jody Cleghorn of Write Anything. [This site is now closed, but the content remains online as an archive.]

  1. Make up the rules for what you want to produce.

  2. Try to write every day, even if just for a few minutes. [Substitute ‘paint’, ‘sculpt’, ‘cook’, for ‘write’.]

  3. Work on several projects. This keeps you energized and working creatively even when one project isn’t firing. [Good advice, but I’m guilty of taking this a little too far. Make it manageable.]

Retirees: Pep talk 4–7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative

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of the Unmistakable Creative

Creatives: I am once again deferring to the wisdom of Srini Rao, whose latest post 7 Commandments of the Unmistakable Creative delivers the message better than I can.

Those commandments are:

  1. Reality is malleable.

  2. Your Resources are Limited, But Your Imagination and Creativity Are Not.

  3. Your Temporary Circumstances Don’t Have to Become Your Permanent Reality [I say, we don’t have time to allow for ‘permanent realities’.]

  4. The Status Quo is Meant to be Challenged. 

  5. Adversity Leads to Growth. [We also don’t have time to shy away from adversity. I really need to heed this commandment.]

  6. Only Is Better Than Best [A key theme of his first book **, Unmistakable]

  7. What You Create for An Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach an Audience of Millions. 

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Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Creative Retirees: Find your allies.

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…no matter the species.

Seek those who support this next stage and your willingness to try your hand at creative pursuits, no matter how surprising they might be.

And those allies just might be strangers who share your interests.  Senior Planet has both a Facebook presence and a website.

Also, take a look at Creativity in Retirement: A Myth or a Possibility?.

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Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.