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Showing posts with label Creativity. Show all posts
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Monday, April 4, 2022

#AtoZChallenge C is for “Creativity vs. Conventionality”

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

C = “Creativity vs. Conventionality”

When I learned I'd be assigned to write for the letter "C" for the A to Z team post, the first word that came to mind was creativity — mostly because so much of what I do for work as well as for fun requires that aptitude. Over the decades, it’s a "muscle" that I've worked out a lot. So, I know it to be well-developed when it comes to the way I approach most things in life. 

In deciding to view creativity through the lens of the A to Z theme of duality the concept that came to mind as being the opposite of creativity, to me, was conventionality. And so, it is the inverse nature of those two concepts that I've chosen to write about today . . . but, through a blogging perspective.

Balancing the Creative and Conventional

When you consider the life of a blogger, there are likely many habits and rituals that contribute to the convention of writing and posting to a blog on a recurring basis.

Every blogger has their own individual process that likely benefits from the use of something conventional. Perhaps it presents itself in the form of sitting down to write at the same time every day or routinely doing Task A before completing Task B and Task C. Perhaps your convention is eating the same breakfast every morning or wearing the same sweater when you write.

Some conventions are arbitrary to one's creative process and are just convenient or the result of "doing what you've always done."  But, some conventions are essential and necessary to a blog's longevity, such as those used to reinforce branding objectives . . . or those that allow followers to feel continuously connected to the content of a beloved blog.

What Conventions Inspire Your Creativity

Still, as non-creative as some conventions might be, there are benefits to having them . . . if they serve as the foundation on which one builds something creative and original. So, it's not a bad idea to periodically review your creative process and note the conventions that work for or against your creativity as it pertains to your blogging process. Are the habits and conventions you use every day working well for your process . . . or are they detrimental and dousing your creative spark?

As bloggers and creatives, we have to routinely walk the line between conventionality and creativity to come up with something relatable, yet original for the masses. What conventions will you rely on to spark original blog posts throughout the month of April as you write for the A to Z challenge? How do you use conventions to spark your creativity?

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Are there any conventions or habits within your creative process that spurs
innovative ideas for your blog or creative projects?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Income Tax ( #AtoZChallenge )

  Imagination is a limitless resource, but it should be used wisely.   But the most important thing is to use it...

      Income tax might be on the minds of at least some of those in the United States.  Our taxes are due in a few days.  Fortunately I got mine done last month so now I can focus on the April Challenge.  If you are still scrambling to finish taxes as well as keep up with your A to Z posts then I'm sorry to hear that.  You've really got a big challenge on your hands.

        Other than the taxes being soon due, my mentioning of income tax is also a reminder about blogging ideas.  I've often read bloggers saying that they are running out of ideas for their regular blogging let alone coming up with an idea that is bloggably sustainable for an entire month.  If you want to be a blogger then you're going to be a writer and as a writer you've got to have ideas and imagination.

          So let's say next year you decide to write about "income tax."  What can you write about?  History of the tax. pro and cons of taxation, how-to hints about tax preparation, or where tax dollars go are some suggestions.   You could write fictional stories related to income tax--a lot of intriguing ideas for that!

         Don't get hung up on trying to come up with ideas.  Look around you.  There are stories within every field of your vision and the limitless expanse of your imagination.  Don't think you're going to throw in the towel for this year's Challenge for any lack of ideas about what to write next.  That's the point of the A to Z Challenge--to tax your mind.  No ideas is no excuse.

          Now start writing your next posts whether they be for tomorrow, next week, or next year.  It's tax season.  Time to tax your brain!

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   Have you ever felt like you were out of ideas?   Where do you go to find new ideas to write about?  When your creativity wanes how do you recharge it?

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Monday, September 21, 2015

A-Z Creativity

In keeping with Heather's post about the 2016 Blogging From A-Z Challenge, I'm beginning to turn over ideas in my mind as to what I want to write about for next year's event. I haven't settled on what I want to do yet, but you can be sure I'll be putting more thought into it as I want to do something unique (as do we all, right?).

Over the years, a few enterprising and industrious writers have compiled their April posts and published same, mostly in fiction format. Now, it that's not being creative, I don't know what is.

I've had ambitions of doing the same for years, but haven't done anything about those posts. Most of the material relates to writing and would help others in some way, but as they say, 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions'. I still haven't removed the material from my blog, but I do have them in individual files.

Do you have anything special you're turning over in your mind? If so, have you started plotting yet? I don't know about you, but I've got my thinking cap on.

Have fun planning when you get there!