As we are spending more and more time indoors, we're sharing a series of articles about creativity in isolation to demonstrate how important the arts are to maintaining good mental wellbeing. We spoke to the wonderful Janet Lees who is a Poet, Copywriters and Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator. Janet has been busy creativing a pack of writing promts aimed at writers both experienced and new to keep their creative muscles nice and healthy during lockdown.
I’m Janet Lees, a poet, artist and writing for wellbeing workshop facilitator. I’ve put together a pack of creative writing exercises that anyone can do, whether they’re a complete beginner or already writing.
There’s nowhere we cannot go in our imagination. Exercising this ability to explore with our minds has never been more important than right now, when we’re in lockdown. Creative writing can set us free!
When you’re doing something creative, you’re doing something mindful. Creative activities are totally absorbing and so can help you feel energised, fulfilled and free. There are countless studies that show the many wellbeing benefits of creativity.
Writing poetry and making art! Also, staying connected with family and friends via Zoom/Skype, social media etc.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but routine is important, especially now when many people's normal routine has disappeared. Make a ‘writing date’ with yourself. Put some time aside in your diary or calendar (actually write it down, this will help you keep the appointment). You could have your writing date at the same time every day – like first thing in the morning, or every few days.