I’ve (finally) decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. This comes after years of thinking about it but not acting. For anyone who doesn’t know, NaNoWriMo is “National Novel Writing Month,” and participants sign up to write 50,000 words in the month of November. To me, the word count is less intimidating than the idea of trying to be “on” with my creativity every day. I usually make every excuse as to why I can’t participate – I’m too busy, it’s not a good time of year, I’m working on another project, etc., etc., etc. This year it dawned on me. I will always have a full arsenal of excuses waiting at the ready for me to explain why I can’t do NaNo (or get as much writing done as I want to on a regular basis). And because I’ll always have an excuse, why not chose to do it anyway? So I am. (If you’re participating, here’s a link to my page.)
But despite feeling proud about taking the plunge, I wanted to do something extra exciting to get me in the mindset of being creative with my writing every day next month (can you tell I’m a little freaked at the idea?!). That’s when I remembered Sculpey. When I was a kid, my younger sister, Alison, was VERY into Sculpey, a brand of polymer clay. She made the standard beads and funky figurines, and I’m forever grateful that she brought me into her world of colored clay. The memories are so real for me that when I think of the word “Sculpey,” I can actually smell it baking in our oven – probably not the yummiest of smells, granted, but there it is, warm and vivid and distinctly polymer. These memories are full of fun and laughter, and not getting stuck on what the finished product turned out to be. Instead, we were focused on the joy of creating, the process, and we crafted judgment free. Those Sculpey sessions were times of pure creative happiness.
I wanted to bring that feeling of creative freedom back over and over again in the month of November, so I pulled out my Sculpey collection and crafted these creativity amulets to wear throughout the month. They are made from Premo! Sculpey, which I blended and conditioned, stamped with patterns, painted with acyrlics, baked (I now follow the guidelines we so blissfully ignored in our teens), then embellished with beads. I stamped the word “Create” on one and “Write” on the other to remind me that I am capable of doing both each and every day (NaNoWriMo or not). These are fun and easy to make (and would make great gifts!). If you like to play with clay (or think you might) I suggest giving them a try!
What do you do to remind yourself to create freely, without fear of the finished product? I’d love to hear from you and collect ideas for the future projects!