Creativity Month

Did you know that January is officially known as Creativity Month? Well, I didn't until I saw it on one of my guilty-pleasure websites. Seriously, there is something to be celebrated every single day- and I kinda' love it. What better time to get the juices flowing than in January? There's nothing ever going on in January. Especially if you live somewhere cold like me. I know there are much colder places in the world than Ohio, but it's currently 2° and feels like -14° with windchill. BRR! Sign me up to stay in all month and hibernate, please.

But back to the being creative thing. I have mentioned time and time again that I'm writing a book. Writing has been something I have enjoyed for as long as I can remember. Once, in third grade we had to write a paper on our favorite place. The requirement was at least a 2-page typed paper. My teacher probably got a great laugh when I turned in a 7-pager about our local mall and how awesome it was when my mom took me there. What can I say!? A girl loves her mall.

So since it's the official month and all, there's no better time for me to buckle down and finish this novel, or memoir, if you will. I've been chipping away at it off and on for years. Years, people. However, I think I've finally come to a point in my life where I want to really pursue writing and the world of publishing. My family is so supportive and got me a few gifts for Christmas that really just sparked my desire to actually finish what I've started. The 2015 Writer's Market which I've been devouring already, and Brain Storm, written by the guy who produced the Lion King and Beauty & the Beast.
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I know I've got so much creativity to tap into, if I can just set aside the time to actually unleash it. Sometimes it seems impossible to work a full-time job, keep up with a house, chores, errands, spend time with my husband and still somehow find the time to pursue a passion. There have been times I get wild about my ideas and can write for hours on end without letting up, but those times have been few and far between. As I get older I just feel like it's now or never at this time. If I want something bad enough, I'll make the time for it. I'll find time and I'll be the creator I know I can be.

What ways are YOU going to celebrate Creativity Month??
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23 comments

  1. The Writer's Market is so useful! I had a membership to their website for a year a long time ago, and that was how I sold my very first articles to magazines! Go for it!!

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  2. I am so curious to know what this book you're writing is all about. I love the way you write (obviously), so I'm sure whatever it is, I'd love it too!! You can do it!

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  3. You WILL finish that book this month! I just know it. So happy you have so much support! Can't wait to follow you on your book tour one day ;)

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  4. That is so exciting!! I had no idea it was creativity month either. How awesome is it that your family supports you on it to?! Can't wait for you to be able to mark that off your list!!

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  5. Can't WAIT for you to get published! I know your book is going to be great!

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  6. Go girl, so exciting that you are writing!! Those books look really interesting! I know exactly what you mean about having to make time for creativity, it's so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and not feel like you have time to do the things you love! I feel like I need to schedule it in my calendar if it's going to happen!

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  7. How exciting!!!! I know I for one have a lot of untapped potential! Maybe you have inspired me to tap into it a little....otherwise I am sitting around wasting away!

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  8. That's a pretty cool website. I've seen it a few times before, but always forget to go back to it.

    As for creativity month, I stay doing what I do. I'll do my blog. I'll take photos. I'll smile and know I am enjoying being creative in one way or another. Good luck with your book. I've had a couple in my head for years, but after working for newspapers for several years and then staying in PR after... sometimes, the blog is all the writing I want to do when done work!

    A ‘lil HooHaa

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  9. If you need another person to read/give feedback, I'd be happy to help!! You can definitely do this!

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  10. i am zero percent creative so I'm just gonna celebrate you! lol. I will buy your book when it hits the shelves :) go you for pursuing your dream :)

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  11. Wonderful! Go for it, Erin, and ride that wave of creativity. I know I have a book somewhere in me, too. Part of me is scared to try and part of me is terrified to not try.

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  12. I know you're going to finish it! My SIL just had her first book published. I know the process is long and can be discouraging at times, but you can do it!

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  13. So exciting. I can't wait to read and have you sign a copy of your book for me one day! XO

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  14. I think you'd be a wonderful author. You have a great writing style and that shows here on your blog. I can't imagine who easy it would be devour your novel.

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  15. I didn't know this!!! No wonder I've had an even bigger itch to get creative, ha!

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  16. How inspiring! I know I'd love to read your book. Your writing style is great. And that is hilarious that you turned in a 7 page paper as a kid!!! About the mall no less! I just love it. :) Good luck with going for your dream of being a writer! I know you can do it! -Jess
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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  17. I'm starting my Project Life album this month! I'm excited about it.

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  18. YES! You go, girl! I know I've already told you this, but I'd LOVE to read it. You're so right about not finding the time to work on side projects. I always put stuff off because I'm exhausted by the time I get home!

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  19. It is so hard to be creative when it's below zero. I've added that book to my growing list.

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  20. Ohh I am loving this friend. (and your new layout of course). I can't wait to read what you are writing. I know that it will be simply amazing. I want to be more creative in my classroom. Keep my students more involved in the lessons and give them new ways to learn the same things.

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  21. LOVE THIS! This is totally your time girl! I think 2015 is going to do BIG things for you and getting your book finished is one of them! Baby steps. :)

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