by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Choose Your Own Adventure

Below are five groups of photographs. In every group there will be several photographs to choose from. Each photograph will have a prompt. Select one photograph with its' prompt as a part in your plot. Go down until you've select one photograph from all five. Piece the five together in a structure that works best for you. 

Feel free to come back and try the exercise again with different selections.
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by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Let's cut right to the chase and go to that pivotal point in the story to where everything changes. Paintings are very good at capturing these moments. They seem to capture the history and action and give hints to where the ending leads. 

Consider the pictures and the questions below. See if they inspire any new ideas or get you thinking about old ones again.
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Pace is a key to any great story. It's also the key to how we manage our lives. In the following prompts, take time to read and think critically about how pace affects your creations and how it shapes your own life. 
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
There is a mood in every picture, every artwork, every piece of fiction. It carries with it a message that resonates with us, taking us away from our reality and into another reality, if only temporary.

Using mood to create can be very powerful. Look and see if the visuals and prompts inspire you to create.
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
There is a lot of room for play with textures. Textures are prominent in art as they are more visible, but you can texture in many pieces of fiction and film. The beauty about texture is that it evokes an emotional quality without having to say anything. And it helps develop mood and character.

Check out some visuals of various textures and read the exercise prompts. Maybe they will inspire you to create a few things and get you thinking about how you can add more texture into your work.
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly

  • Gives us routine. When we keep a gratitude journal, we begin a daily habit of recording what we're grateful for in our lives. A lot of creative work is dependent on discipline and maintaining a gratitude journal could be included as part of your creative ritual.

  • Allows us to develop our critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. Because we're forcing ourselves to re-evaluate our lives every time we write in a gratitude journal, we're strengthening and honing our thinking skills. We're looking at situations, people, things, moments, differently than we might have and we begin to see alternate ways of seeing a situation. This is a vital way of thinking for creativity.

  • Elevates our mood and that keeps us productive and moving forward. Studies have shown that keeping a gratitude journal helps to develop a better outlook on life with more focus on mindfulness and enthusiasm and less focus on comparing ourselves to others and other self-sabotaging practices.

  • Shows us insights and perspectives about what's going right in our lives even if it feels our creativity has abandoned us. A daily writing habit (or art) in a gratitude journal can allow us to see our values and strengths more readily. It can also help us to see who or what we value and who or what we've taken for granted including our creativity.

  • May inspire us with ideas. While some ideas may come as we write in our journals, others might need time to incubate. Still, a gratitude journalling habit is an opportunity to mine our creativity while taking into account all the positives in our life.
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
There are numerous short stories and works of fiction that challenge us and what we belief and feel to be true. I poured through a long list of my favorites and picked the ones that changed me and continue to do so every time I read them. Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions at the bottom. I'd love to hear about a short story that changed your life.
 

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