Creative competitions abound for me in this month of March. I’ve entered a necklace into the Etsy Bead Weavers “Destinations” challenge (today is the last day to vote for your favorite!) And I’ve made a bracelet for the Etsy Hearts Beads team 1st ever bead challenge “Spring’s Eternal.”
The great thing about these challenge competitions is that they are both challenging and inspiring. It’s hard for an idea to not instantly pop into my head when I read the description of a challenges’ theme. Sometimes, that’s all it takes when you are stuck for what to create. In a sense, challenge competitions work in the same way homework assignments do. If you commit yourself to doing one, you have to FORCE yourself to do it by the deadline. Unlike some free-for-all creative writing you are doing on the side, it’s like disciplining yourself to get that research paper done by next Friday or else!
Sometimes, even if there currently isn’t a “homework assignment” for me to sign up for, I might give myself one as a means of making sure I am constantly producing. For example, I’ll tell myself to make something inspired by a certain movie, season, or holiday, and give myself the due date of the end of the week. This helps to keep my ideas fresh, and to keep me excited about what I am making. Call me a nerd, but there were quite a few research paper I actually got excited about when I was going to school. More often than those though, I was excited for project assignments in my art classes. Why stop with graduation? If deadlines and guidelines help to keep you going, decide on your next project as if it were a challenge contestant.