Reinventing Imagination

Working or volunteering in a local art shop every weekend has it’s benefits. I’ve been creating art pieces and writing since middle school. I even remember writing out my own stories with squiggly lines because I hadn’t learned the alphabet. As I grew into an adult, I would sit there and wonder where all that enthusiasm and imagination went as a child.

I still created but something changed as I grew older. The messages of having to choose an occupation that brought in a high paying career probably didn’t help. We’re not encouraged in school to choose the fun thing to do, or even our passion. We’re taught to choose the safe option that closes you into a cubicle, and it does something to our brains. We no longer think about what’s possible. We just think about our bills and ask will our next paycheck be enough.

Do you want to capture that same creativity you had as a child? Maybe being a writer is letting out the part of us that never grew up. I mentioned working in the art shop because every weekend I’m surrounded by all kinds of imagination for a few hours. Every single artist has a different style, medium, and theme. I stare turn and stare at pieces of wood mixed with different pieces of nature to make a funny face. I turn in another direction and I’m see glittering handmade beads. The wall behind me features a new artists every few months. I’m always amazed at how everyone else sees the world.

I also find that artists struggle with the same fear – the blank page. I’ve stared a blank screen or paper and thought, “What in the world am I going to do?” There’s been times when I just set it aside instead of following my prompts. Then, I return because I remembered them. The same prompts that I use for writing can be applied to my art. This is another reason that creating a process for yourself will help you in the long run.

When life happens and you don’t have enough time, you don’t need to stop. There’s no panic because you have a starting place, a prompt. Your prompt for today is to create a list of 10 themes that you can write about when you’re staring at a blank page.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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