How to start making art even if you do not feel inspired: NPR

Illustration of a person drawing in a diary and the frame filled with flowers spilling out of her notebook.
Illustration of a person drawing in a diary and the frame filled with flowers spilling out of her notebook.

There are plenty of benefits to creating art: it can reduce stress and anxiety, and flexing your creative side can provide a stronger sense of agency. Plus, being creative can also feel quite amazing and help lift your spirits.

But how do you get started if you do not feel the spark? Drop expectations and set aside 10 minutes a day to create random art.

Experts say it’s all you need to get the habit going, whether it’s finger painting or cooking or baking or scrapbooking – whatever excites you.

Whatever you do, do not wait for creative inspiration to strike. “It’s a myth that you want to create because you’re in this changed state of mind and feel free and relaxed,” says Trinidad Escobar, a graphic novelist and poet based in Oakland, California.

Just give yourself time and the art will keep up.

Here’s more about how to start a habit of making art.

22 tips for 2022 is edited and curated by Dalia Mortada, Arielle Retting, Janet W. Lee, Beck Harlan, Beth Donovan and Meghan Keane. This tip comes from an episode of Life Kit hosted by Malaka Gharib and produced by Audrey Nguyen.

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