June 6

Creative Is a Verb

Posted by lori . 4 Comments

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The next book I’m going to work my way through is Creative Is a Verb by Patti Digh.  I spotted this book when I purchased Mess by Keri Smith.  It appealed to me for the same reason that Mess did; it appeared to be action-oriented and that’s what I was craving.  Creative Is a Verb encourages you to “live your whole life as art.”  It teaches six creative commitments, and that’s how I’ll go through it…one commitment a week.  The six creative commitments are: (1) Be Ordinary, (2) See More, (3) Get Present, (4) Catch Fire, (5) Clear Ground, and (6) Let Go.

The first three chapters of the book discuss who the book is for, how to use the book, and encourages you to embrace the six creativity killers: (1) I work full-time, (2) I don’t have a good space in which to work, (3) I don’t have the right materials, (4) I have no ideas, (5) I don’t have any skill, and (6) They won’t like it.  Patti encourages us to take these and not use “either/or” thinking but rather “both/and” thinking.  At the end of each of the sections in a chapter on the six creative commitments are two exercises…”give yourself 10″ (a short exercise that takes about 10 minutes) and “give yourself 37” (an exercise that you could do for 37 days). Patti’s blog is 37days.

The book also includes original art and poetry.  I was deeply affected by the poem “don’t forget to write” by Maya Stein.  I don’t read poetry enough.  I forget the impact that poetry carries.

If you don’t see yourself as an artist, this may be just the book to dive into.  I believe it will encourage us to view life as a creative act and as our greatest masterpiece.

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4 Responses to " Creative Is a Verb"

  • houndstooth says:

    You should get paid a stipend to promote these books, because I always want them when you start talking about them! lol I haven’t dabbled in poetry in a while, although I have felt the pull again. I’m going to be curious to see what you think about this one!

    • lori says:

      Thank you, Carrie. I don’t know though…I’m thinking you’re a lot like me in that it doesn’t take much to convince you into a new book :). I truly do appreciate your kind words and your faithful following. You have a gift!

  • Suzanne says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book. I will look forward hearing what you think about it when you are done.

    • lori says:

      Thank you, Suzanne. I must extend a compliment to you on the name of your blog. Cult of the Greyhound is so appropriate! My husband and I are constantly talking about the greyhound cult we belong to, the cult meetings, and all the other brainwashed, slave-ish things we do as card-carryin’ members.


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