Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Building Your Creative Community

      Creative community is something that will be a big help to you.
      It will keep you lifted when you want to throw in the towel.
      It will convince you of your artistic calling.
      It will keep you company on the journey.
      You can do it before you feel like you're a master at your craft.
      In fact, that's when you should.
      Because it will help you get there.
      Here are 6 steps to help you build your creative community (& practices).

          Focus on productivity and creation

It is good to come together around a love of creativity. Whether it is meeting up to share your latest work, inviting others to collaborate with you on a project, or simply joining a creative productivity challenge together; there are many ways to meet up creatively without falling into the rut of simply talking about what you love to do.

Embrace a variety of genres and mediums

There is no need to limit who can join your creative group. Often the inspiration that comes from interacting with other projects or work drastically different from your own is a catalyst for further creativity. You will each be seeing with new creative eyes.

 Set a positive tone

The whole point of collecting creative community is to be encouraged to create another day. Each member needs to come with their own inspiration and motivation. Having a commitment to positivity at the outset from each member ensures everyone can continue working positively as they’ve arrived and are just benefiting from seeing others engage creatively as well.

               Hold on to your creative boundaries

You want to be producing more than talking about it, achieving more than dreaming, and engaging with your creative self more than impressing others. If you do not have creative boundaries in place, you may find yourself fooled into thinking you have done more creative work than you actually have. Put in the time and use your time with others to celebrate what’s been done already and to set achievable goals for the next time you meet.

                Accept virtual creative support as well 

           (digital platforms, books and magazines and blogs that feature creatives)
Whether you live somewhere remote or have little flexibility in your day to day schedule to be meeting up with others; you can still grow your creative community at a distance. Social media is a great outlet for connecting. Make it production positive by using stories as an opportunity to show step by step progress or word counts and engage positively with others’ accounts. Stalking is less inspiring than you might think and usually leads to draining comparison tendencies. If you are working up to or are augmenting a creative community; also consider creative living documentaries, books, blogs, and magazines. Seeing others’ creative spaces and projects can do wonders for your practice as well.

Get intensive with your creative retreats, both independently and communally.

Making your time together structured is a good idea. If it is a weekly meetup, add a critique component or a word count challenge with a prize. If going away for a retreat or signing up for a conference is in the budget, do that and make your stay writing intensive in the outside of workshop hours as well. Even setting up a great workspace in your home and timing your sessions there is bound to up your creative practice so the next time someone asks what you’ve been up to, you can invite them in to share in your creative process. Community achieved.

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