Atime2write - Fiona Tarr

Living A Creative Life

Unleash Your Creative Side

When you were a kid, you might have had an imaginary friend, held tea parties with pretend tea cups and talked on the phone through your fingers to Grandma or the maybe even the Queen. So what happened? Where did your imagination go?

It got sucked up and swallowed whole into everyday life; that’s what happened!

So How Do You Find Your Imagination and Unleash Your Creative Side?

I can’t say how everyone should or could do it, but I can tell you a little story about how I kick started my imagination again. Somewhere in my mid thirties I realised I had grown up and in doing so I had become too serious about life. Sure, I still like a good philosophical debate and I really get on my soap box about politics at times, but I am talking about releasing the tension of day to day life through play and imagination. I had totally lost the ability.

When I was in my teens, I studied ballet and that meant dress ups and make up and all that fun stuff. Where you could pretend to be someone or something else for a few weeks while you prepared for concerts and performed. But even returning to ballet in my early 30’s didn’t restore that free spirited fun; that absolving of responsibility that being a kid is all about.

I had this niggling feeling nearly nine years ago that I wanted to write, but I couldn’t really put my finger on what or how to get started. I began writing some ficiton, but hadn’t really found my groove until I met Barbara Brewster; a former Patch Adams Clown. Barbara ran a workshop in my area on the ‘Power of Play’ and ‘Rambunctious Writings’. We spent the day acting out and free writing creative stories together which I hadn’t done since English class in high school. Barbara helped open up a new pathway to my creative side and I have now written two fantasy novels with the third on the way, along with loads of memoir short stories from my farming years.

Where will you find your creative side? Join a drama group, a writing club or maybe try some ‘Rambunctious Writings’ at home. You can check out Barbara’s website or stay tuned as I offer up a few creative writing exercises to get you started.

What is holding back your creative side? I would love to hear your stories.

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