How Creative Habits Can Become Second Nature


Last week I noticed that drawing every single day got me thinking ahead to future daily drawing projects that I might want to start when this one is finished.

Since then, I’ve tried to avoid getting carried away with over thinking things and have just been taking things one day, and one drawing, at a time. And I’ve noticed something else happening this week. I draw my daily flower and then, if I’m at a bit of a loose end, I want to draw some more. It’s not a chore and it’s not tiring, it’s just something I want to do.

So over the weekend I found myself filling pages in one of my tiny sketchbooks with doodles of eyes, noses, hands, hairstyles and feet. Maybe I’ll start playing around with putting some of them together to draw a character. Or maybe not, I don’t know. For the moment I’m just enjoying using my sketchbooks more and more as a place to play and experiment.

It seems like, at the moment at least, the more I draw, the more I want to draw. It’s as if this creative habit has sort of become second nature without me realising it was happening.

Have you got a creative habit that you use to fill spare moments in the day? And have your creative projects ever led you off in unexpected directions?

4 thoughts on “How Creative Habits Can Become Second Nature

  1. Dale Reply

    I never considered myself creative (not realising that every time I did a special cake, it was my creativity coming out). In my mind, once upon a time, only people who could draw (my father, my sister, my nieces) were creative. I can’t draw for beans! I finally realised that creativity comes in all shapes and forms. Just cooking, using whatever ingredients I have is an active of creativity! Colouring in my books is also one.
    All that rambling was meant to say that I do not have a creative habit per se but I do creative things pretty much every day. Just not only one type! (Sorry! Good luck with deciphering what I was trying to say!)

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Ha! I totally agree that creativity includes all kinds of things and cooking is definitely one of them. And creative habits aren’t necessarily about doing the same thing each day either so it sounds like you kind of do have one. (Now I’m not sure that I made any sense either!)

      1. Dale Reply

        Ha ha! Seems we are both perfectly clear.

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