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.
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.