It’s time for another weekly creative prompt word. These weekly words, or prompts, are to give me, and anyone else who wants to join in, some focus to our creative work.
Last week I tried to merge two musical ideas. In my head I could hear them working together and seeing as both had come to a creative halt, I thought this could be the solution. Notes, motifs, and many other constituent parts make music. Therefore…
This week’s creative prompt word is:
Elements — an essential or characteristic part of something:
I have a strong personality trait that likes to know how things works and are made, so this is perfect for me
Let the prompt inspire you in any area of creativity that you are interested:
- writing fiction
- art journaling
- blog posts
- art therapy
- anything that could use a little nudge to begin
When I put the two musical elements together they clashed, they reverberated, and they jostled with each other. One thing they didn’t do together was work. The musical elements were incompatible. But without trying, without attempting, I would never have known. And now I have learned something; sounding good in my head does not overrule the fundamentals of music theory. In fact, the reason it didn’t work was that both ideas had too many elements already in them to mix into something new. (Breaking rules can work and is a great creative tool, but in this case, it didn’t.)
I now have ‘elements’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week. Furthermore, I can already feel it impinging on how I might move those musical pieces forward and play in my journal.
As mentioned before, this isn’t a ‘challenge’ but the prompts can be used that way if you want. If you do create anything using them, I would love to see or hear about it. Leave a link in the comments below or tag me @darrenrhill or #thecreativeminimalist on any social platform.
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