Day 8 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, Week 2! Today’s prompt is for all you bibliophiles! I love reading, and for as long as I can remember it has been my escape from the demands of life. In fact, if it wasn’t frowned upon, I would happily spend my entire life reading. When I was a teenager, and much to my mother’s dismay, I read under the bed covers with the help of a torch, in the back of the car being driven to school and back, in the bathroom, at dinner- you name it, and I was probably reading at that time. I sometimes think that I can’t remember much of my teenage years because I was so busy reading through it. The first gift that my husband bought me was The Complete Works of H.H. Munro (Saki) and it was probably the best thing he could have done. Books were the first interest we had in common. Even now, 20 years later, we go together to every one of our local library book sales and pick up a bunch of books. It’s like we are on a mission to save all these books and give them a new home with us. Even if it means that we now have stacks of books waiting for us to get to them. In fact, there is a Japanese word, tsundoku, which means to acquire books, and letting them pile up without reading. Maybe once we are retired, we will just read all day, breaking only for meals (which will mysteriously prepare themselves!).
Day 8: Draw a tall bookshelf. Fill the shelves with books. Color the books and lastly, add titles to your books. What titles reside on your bookshelf? Jane Austen? Harry Potter? Haruki Murakami? Rupi Kaur? Are you a writer? Maybe you could add your (soon-to-be-written) book to your virtual bookshelf. There is nothing like a bit of creative visualization to motivate you and get you started!
Go For It: Don’t stop at a bookshelf! How about a small library with shelf after shelf of books you’ve read or are waiting to read?
Remember, as with all the other prompts, your goal is to have fun and your interpretation of this prompt, the way you see and portray it, is all that is required. Stacks of books are my favorite things to photograph and I am attaching pictures that I have taken over the years as inspiration, but as with all these prompts, let your imagination be your guide.
My Day 8 Prompt: The drawing is a work in progress. I will update this once I have the chance to take a picture. Doing this every day is harder than I thought it would be but the sense of relaxation at the end of the prompt is awesome. It’s like being given permission to be a kid and to have fun. I wish I had a circle of friends that could come home every night and we could do our exercise together but that’s probably something that can happen only once a month or so!
Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 8 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here! I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’ or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya
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