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Kimberly Wilson : Tranquilista — Chic Creativity: Modes of Creativity

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Modes of Creativity

By Kimberly Wilson

You may be wondering how seeing your life as art and partaking in artist dates applies to you, especially if you aren't sure where your creative flair lies. That's what we'll explore in this next section. I've gathered an assortment of ideas to help you as you use twelve fabulous methods to dabble in creative expression. Some of these mediums have submediums, so just remember, there are thousands of ways for you to express your creativity, and in this stage we're just skimming the surface while introducing you to some favorites.

Writing — So you think you have a novel inside you? Maybe a screenplay or memoir? Or simply a good, old-fashioned how-to article? Well, getting it out is an ubercreative process, and seeing your words come to life on a page or stage or in a movie theater can be absolutely thrilling. Not sure where to start? By capturing your thoughts, of course. Sounds easier than it is, trust me. The key is to start writing now. Pull out a kitchen timer, set it for ten minutes, and begin writing on your laptop or pad of paper. Commit to writing ten minutes each day for a week, and watch an epic unfold. Sign up for a writing class, or launch a writing group with a few of your closest girlfriends.

Writing a blog is another fun way to get started. It offers instant gratification because, with the click of a button — voilà — you're published for the entire world to see. No pressure, eh? Blogs offer you a chance to receive feedback from your audience, and this will give you the opportunity to see if you're on the right track. Many larger projects have been launched through this humble means.

How about writing an article and pitching it to a magazine?

Music — Interested in learning to play the guitar, drums, or piano? What about singing or songwriting? I promise there is a means for you to learn — book, tutor, DVD, CD, group classes, or other. The options are endless. Let your inner rock star come out for a visit. You may just surprise yourself.

Dancing — As a young girl I danced in order to perform in annual recitals. Nothing beats getting all made up, dressing to the nines in sparkles, and heading on stage to strut your stuff after rehearsing for months. As an adult, you can still experience this glamour, but your parents may not be in the audience recording like they were when you were five.

Art — I use this term generically to cover a few mediums, such as pottery making, sculpting, drawing, and painting. This is what many people think of when they hear the word artist. Trying out things you've picked up from a book, taking a group class, or working one-on-one with a tutor offers you a chance to create in ways you may have never thought possible. And if you don't discover that you're the next Georgia O'Keeffe, it's okay. Enjoy the process and honor yourself for stepping outside your creative comfort zone.

Fashion — Ooh la la, one of my favorite topics, and we have a whole upcoming section dedicated to overall style. This is an easy way to express creativity, since you have to get dressed every day. Change the way you think about this — you're not just getting dressed for work, you're showcasing your style! Take a sewing class; this experience is truly empowering. There are so many amazing pieces that you can make with basic sewing skills. My mum could whip up a new wardrobe in a matter of hours, and I was the Home Economics Queen in ninth grade (never mind my finger's run-in with the sewing machine). I feel like sewing is in my blood — although my skill set may show the contrary.

Even if sitting down to a sewing machine feels impossible, there's a ton you can do with fabric glue and a needle and thread. Pick up one of those amazing books that gives you over a hundred options for clothing, accessory, and home decor items that you can make with a T-shirt. Try your hand at tie-dyeing. Go crazy with appliqués. Cut up an old sweater or blanket and turn it into leg warmers.

Crafting — Knitting has become superchic over the past decade, with stores devoted to the craft popping up in big cities. Crocheting uses one less needle and is also a popular craft — perfect for making blankets for all those darling newborns in your circle. Beading is a playful excursion from daily to-dos. It's amazing to see how quickly you can have your own one-of-a-kind jewelry collection for a fraction of the cost. With a few simple tools, some sparkly beads and other findings, you can make all sorts of fancy necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Scrapbooking falls into this category and is such a popular pastime that you can find all the necessary accoutrements at your local dollar store.

Gardening — The act of planting something and watching it grow can be rewarding. We, too, are little seedlings constantly growing, thanks to water, love, and light. Plant a few herbs in pots on your apartment windowsill or an entire wildflower garden in your backyard to get a little glimpse of Central Park in your own 'hood. This endeavor takes a few gardening tools, soil, seeds or seedlings, sunlight, and a dash of know-how.

Acting — I have friends obsessed with improv and have gone to see others perform in rousing local plays. I hear only rave reviews from people who take classes in said subject. Why not audition for your local theater's upcoming performance? When I go to see plays, I'm always impressed with the laundry list of performances under the actors' bios. I was once an apple in our church's rendition of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. You have to start somewhere, and yes, your small community play counts. If this is a dream of yours, begin to explore the possibilities and you may find a hidden talent.

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