Making Time for Creativity Every Day

Maybe I’m still on a SXSW-inspiration high, or it’s just because I finally finished Anne Lamott’s excellent book on writing and creativity, Bird by Bird, but I decided to start a new project that builds regular creativity into my life.

It’s the Photo 365 Project: My life in pictures. Every day.

And it’s exactly what it sounds like. Every day for the next year, I’ll take at least one photo and post it online. It’s a chance to practice photography, pay more attention to the world around me, force me to think and act creatively and chronicle my life. I know it will be a challenge, but it’s one I find exciting. And if you include my phone, I have 4 different cameras, so I really have no excuse to ever not take a picture. Visit my photo blog to track my progress.

Here’s today’s picture – a shot of my collection of vintage printing blocks. Aren’t they beautiful? I like that taking this photo reminded me of how much I love them.

I must give a plug to the wonderful WordPress theme I’m using for the project: AutoFocus. It’s free, gorgeous, super easy to use and built specifically for photo blogging. I highly recommend it!

Interested in starting your own Photo 365 project? Check out these blogs for great tips on how to make it work: Photojojo | Digital Photography School | Shutter Sisters

3 Responses to “Making Time for Creativity Every Day”

  1. Rusty Says:

    Tracy, you have so inspired me to want to take up the 365 Day project. I’m trying to be more and more creative myself and just looking through all the fun random images makes me want to take this on as well. Now to only be so creative to do this for 365 days in a row.

  2. tracy Says:

    Rusty, you’re such a great photographer – you should definitely do it! I’m sure there will be days when I just can’t think of anything, especially since I work from home. But it does make you pay attention. Like yesterday, I took a photo of a Whataburger bag! I never would have looked twice at that thing, but it was 6 p.m. and I still hadn’t taken a picture. And I love how it turned out!

    I hope you start a 365 project – and please let me know when you do. 🙂

  3. Cory Leahy Says:

    BbB is my all-time favorite book about writing (especially the lesson of shitty first drafts), and your 365 project is so inspiring. Next time you’re in town, I might need a detailed WP lesson…so cool!

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