I’d started this after thinking about it for a while, and the project is already starting to look like something.
The most recent entry in my blog circus is “Actively Creative,” directed toward the writer or musician or artist who wants to start doing it instead of just talking about it.
While The Column is, quite frankly, a not-terribly-organized blog covering everything under the sun (although I’m taking more of a baby-boomer angle to it lately), Actively Creative is a bit more strategic in its construction.
Every week I’m having a longer “pillar post” where I do the usual stuff: Free associate, tell stories, dispense a bit of skewed wisdom and bad jokes. I’ve been trying to schedule those for every Friday.
But the main feature is the regular “3 graffs” piece where I touch on a subject in, well, three paragraphs. I’ve been posting those daily since starting this project, only pausing when I was on the road (which is the subject of next Friday’s long post).
I’m having fun with the shorter posts. A little shoot-’em-up encouragement here, a little shoot-from the lip there. The whole idea behind the 3-graffs posts (for now) is, if you are a creative type, don’t just talk about it. Park your butt in front of your computer or easel or piano or blueprints or telephone and do something with it.
I’m told we’re all creative. I’ve seen it lately in the durnedest places. What’s interesting is, not everyone realizes it. And those who do, try to deny it or bury it if they want to live a “normal” life.
OK, most of us think of creativity as something reserved for artists, writers, musicians. But what about the guy who starts a company from scratch? The person who builds a computer program with nothing but an idea and the ability to code? The chef who experiments in the kitchen and is willing to eat the results? The construction worker who has to think his way around a problem on his job? Even the sales person who has to present the same old wine in a brand new wineskin?
If you think, if you dream, if you get strange ideas, Actively Creative may be right up your alley. Check it out.
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Late add: The name ‘Actively Creative’ didn’t quite ring my bells, so I kicked it around some more. The new name, ‘creative and dangerous’ (all lower case) does so much better for me.
So what’s the dangerous part? Check out the new About page for all the details.