Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Touché Tuesday Advice Column: On Creativity

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Dear Jen, 
I'm in a creative rut. Help!
XOXO, Blah

Dear Blah,
It's too bad you aren't in a literal rut. I could totally get you out of that. Consider giving the following a go:
  • Remember in Garden State when No one remembers Garden State, but, Natalie Portman's character has a completely original moment. It's also completely awkward. But perhaps if you have one, you'll feel creatively charged. 
  • Follow Austin Kleon's advice and Steal Like an Artist (book) or Steal Like a Writer (video). (Triva: I read his book, Newspaper Blackout, in an actual blackout. Whoa.)
  • Rediscover childhood creativity - color, play with Play-Doh, build something with legos...
  • Try something different from what you normally do creatively. For example, if you are a knitter, try an activity not made for grandmothers painting*. 
*Just kidding. I wish I knew how to knit. 


I challenge everyone to have a completely original moment. Feel free to be weird all up in the internet and post a link to your completely original moment video!

Here's how Natalie Portman and Zach Braff did it:

Here's  how I did it. 

Your turn. Come on. What are you? Shy? Don't you want to be remembered as the one gal/guy who ever did this?


  1. Cute blog!

    Stopping by from the GFC hop. Still going down the list. Love for you to stop by and return the follow.

    Hosting Like me on facebook. Love to have you link up your facebook and twitter pages.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'll pop over and check your blog out now.

  2. hahah "no one remembers" you're so funny!!

    Hope you’re having a great day! Drop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello!

    1. Dropping by now! Hope you are having a great day as well!

  3. what do you mean NO ONE REMEMBERS garden state? this has to be sarcasm! :)

    1. Almost everything I say is sarcasm. :)