How To Start Being Creative
Starting is one of the hardest things to do when you want to learn a new skill or hobby. The desire is there, but how do you even begin? There is also the major fear that you will not be fabulously gifted at that skill right off the bat. Seemingly proving that the time and money invested is wasted, and you should just stick with what you know. This is a common spiral for people on their creative journey, so today I’m sharing a few practical ways to start adding a creative practice or hobby into your life.
Buy A Few Supplies
This is a very simple step. If you think that drawing is a creative pursuit you would enjoy, buy a sketchbook. Don’t go crazy, but find something that you like the look and feel of. The tactile element of a physical book is helpful when starting out. Next, you should purchase or round up a few pencils and pens. Don’t get overwhelmed with the options! Whatever you choose will be just fine as a start. You can check out my post on supplies here, or if you need more input, go to a local art store and ask an employee for help. Artists love to talk about supplies!
Create A Schedule
No, I’m not crazy. Creativity is intentional. You aren’t going to master a language if you only study when you have free time and the mood strikes. The same principle applies to the arts! You don’t make progress if you leave things up to chance. I would recommend at least twice a week carving out thirty minutes to an hour. Choose a time, and get to work!
Pick something to do
Creativity is not as crazy as it seems. Start something and then do it. If you are interested in drawing, check out the prompts at artprompt.org. Or, find a photo on Pinterest or Instagram that you love and just start sketching. Drawing is foundational to other mediums, so it is a pretty safe place to start. It is also the least expensive! If subject matter and trouble-shooting isn’t what you want to do on your own, I suggest my next point.
Take A Class Or Join A Group
If you like having more rules and want someone else to guide you through the process, I highly recommend taking a class. Look up local art stores, museums, or art centers, and find a class you find interesting. Remember that classes do cost (both tuition AND supplies), so they are an investment. If a class is cost prohibitive, check out local meet up groups or ask at one of the aforementioned locations about creative gatherings. You might be able to get together with creatives and pick up tips and tricks from them!
Be Willing To Suck For Awhile
This is the big one! You will suck. It doesn’t mean you won’t grow and get better, it just means you have to be patient. You have to push past all the ugly drawings and keep picking up that pencil, pen, or brush. It isn’t magic; it is hard work. The good news is that you get better with practice and you will be amazed at your improvement. Just make sure to keep your initial works so that you can see how far you progress!