Are you ready for your next creative leap? Get a jump on your creative life with your morning coffee!
Living creatively doesn’t mean you need to struggle with creating. You can and should create whatever you want.
Since you’re probably like me and fuel your day-to-day with caffeine, why not let your love of java and creativity collide?
For today’s creative jumpstart, I want you to grab your pencil or pen and get writing.
Don’t be afraid.
Grab a dictionary or get your “Ok Google” voice ready, “Ok Siri” is fine too. Fill your mug with your favorite coffee (check out some recipes here) and let’s get writing.
Create Through Description
When I’m drawing or capturing photos, I’m attempting to tell a story visually. No words, just images. I want the viewer to hopefully feel what I felt when creating the image or capturing the shot.
But of course, art is in the eye of the beholder.
This is where writers are just like their visual creative counterparts, except with words. Description in writing is essential to all forms of writing.
So for this exercise, I want you to describe your coffee.
Put some thought into this. Don’t just say it’s wet and hot or maybe cold if that’s your thing.
Write about the color or colors. Is it simply black? Do you have swirls of milk or cream? What shapes do you see? Describe what the mug looks like. What do you smell exactly? Describe the aroma in extreme detail. Write how you feel when drinking your coffee.
Using metaphor in your description makes your brain think further and build a visual connection. You further create a sense of familiarity. How often do we see the phrase, “like newly fallen snow.”
We all know that newly fallen snow describes a sense of calm and serenity. So when you’re describing your coffee use other imagery to convey your message.
I’m a visual artist who writes because writing helps my exploration in creativity. Writing keeps the so-called creative juices flowing when I’m not drawing or taking pictures. So make a picture with your words and see what you come up with. If you’re courageous enough, share it with others!
Feel free to post what you come up with in comments below! I would love to read it.
Now, for a little twist, once your done writing your coffee description, bust out your sketchbook (if you don’t have one, I use this) and draw your description.
Thank you for reading! Go. Be. Write!