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My script, Clean Dry Socks:  Diary of a Doughboy, had its first public reading last night before the Richmond Playwrights’ Forum.

I am grateful for the opportunity to present my work, and am particularly grateful for the six actors who took an evening of their time and shared their talents.  I also appreciate the words of encouragement and instruction from the members of the Forum.

This has been a long time coming, and I’m excited about the prospects for the future.

As for last night’s experience, well, it was actually pretty good.

I mean, no one stepped up and said here’s a million dollars, let’s put this on the stage.  But the comments were supportive, and encouraging and gave me some new direction as well as solutions to some of the problems.

It remains a work in progress, and I have work to do.

But today, I’m a little farther down the road, a little closer to the stage.

And, that’s a good thing.

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Here at Historic Occasions we don’t believe there’s such a thing as a non-creative person. It’s just a matter of what you create.

We’ll talk here about creating special events or special occasions, or even (don’t tell the bosses) boring conferences and meetings.

Look, there’s such a thing as natural talent. Most of the time it’s just figuring out what that talent is. But talent, and creativity have to be developed and nurtured.

Here are a few ways to do that.

1) Pick up a pen and doodle. Never mind that you think you can’t draw. Just see where the pen takes you.

2) Take a class. Knitting. Painting. Writing. Woodworking…heck…accounting. Just do something to get those brain powers working.

3) Check out your enviroment. Here at Historic Occasions our home office is filled with books and mementos from projects and accomplishments over our years in the business. But the wall also has pictures of family, and beaches. Find, or make a place that makes you comfortable and allows you to sometimes just sit and think.

4) Go for a walk, or a run, or a swim. Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting off your backside and getting the blood pumping again. The ideas will come.

5) Carry a book of ideas for sketches, or notes, or favorite quotes or even things that piss you off. Use that energy.

6) Read. There’s a world of knowledge and creativity out there. If you’re a writer, you need to read. Heck, everyone needs to read. Pick up a book and be inspired.

7) Put down the phone, or the iPad, or the mouse. They’re great tools when we need them. But we don’t always need them. It’s okay, you can do it.

Got some ideas about how you channel your inner creativity? Share them in the comments.

Adapted from: 9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

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