the personal stuff.

I started #CreateIt22 because I found myself horrifically blocked.

There were plenty of reasons for this. Chronic illness, financial trouble, family stress, and more meant I woke every day already feeling DONE.

The times we live in didn’t help. It’s called “pandemic brain,” by the way:

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Here’s what that really is: humans aren’t meant to carry the same burden for too long. (A short, excellent example: “You Will Never Look at Stress the Same Way Again.”)

I’m a published author, but I feared I’d never be able to do it again. I questioned my identity. My worth. I grieved the loss of my stories, absolutely sure that I’d never be able to get them out.

Then this year, I realized that the standard I had for creating things was what was holding me back.

Hear me out.

I was told it had to be 500 words a day.

I was told it needed to be “this” good (insert award-winning author twice my age here).

I was told I needed to be able to concentrate for long stretches, or else I was a ”lazy” writer.

THIS WAS ALL BALONEY.

Setting the daily standard to a level only achievable on the best of days was a recipe for failure.There had to be another way – and I found it. #CreateIt22 Click To Tweet

I realized that if I decided instead to make ONE new thing each day, and chose to permit myself to do it wrong or ugly or just plain unreadable, I could write.

I can write a bad sentence. Anyone can. I write a wrong sentence. Anyone can.

Doing so is what saved my creative life.

Creation is inertia. Once I began moving, I could find my way to the right words again.

My fear that I COULDN’T be productive, or that whatever I did produce was bad, had frozen me. It was a block I feared I'd never break – until I did. Creation. Is. Inertia. #CreateIt22 Click To Tweet

#CreateIt22 is for goals you can conquer in your situation

Physical limitations are real. Chronic illness. Tiredness. Pain. I have Fibromyalgia. Sometimes my hands don’t work – so I taught myself to use voice-to-text, and I can still do one sentence a day.

Mental and emotional limitations are real. Life often leaves us with very little left for our art. Brain fog is especially common in these pandemic days – which is why it’s crucial we allow ourselves to make things that are kind of terrible.

There is help. When I’m not sure what to write next or where the scene goes, I mix it up. There are prompts. There are ways around our own minds giving us nothing to work with.

Even the wrong words move you in the direction I want to go. This is the biggest, most crucial step. Creation is inertia – and if I’m creating garbage, I am not stuck. I can create today – I just have to be willing to accept that it might be garbage.

Movement forward is still movement, no matter how small. Don't let fear keep you from breaking free of creative block. Creation. Is. Inertia. #CreateIt22 Click To Tweet

What is #CreateIt22?

Think catch-22, but instead of a dilemma, #CreateIt22 is the solution to one – breaking out of creative block. Click To Tweet

We’ve all been blocked.

Writers, artists, musicians – it doesn’t matter what creative outlet you have. Some time, somewhere, you’ve found yourself blocked.

Chronic illness, financial challenges, life stress – these things nearly took my storytelling from me.

This year, I decided I was done with letting anything get in my creative way. In #CreateIt22, I found a reliable, effective way to create something new every single day.

You read that right.

#CreateIt22 is a reliable, effective way to create something new EVERY SINGLE DAY. Click To Tweet

Who is #CreateIt22 For?

Artists, writers, graphic novelists, musicians – anyone who struggles to do creative work.

For many of us, the past few years have been brutal. 2022 is the year we made the choice not to live like that anymore – to crash our way out, and claw our way back to daily creation.

This year matters, and we will never forget.

Because it’s designed to take pressure off and not add it on, #CreateIt22 exists all over the place, requires no membership, and will never include any kind of fee. You can join the Discord for direct community, or you can use the hashtag on any platform to find others like you. Wherever you are, whatever you’re into, you can create with #CreateIt22.

This isn't a membership thing. There's no money involved. #CreateIt22 is literally one (un)blocked creator telling another where to find hope. Click To Tweet

How do you do #CreateIt22?

We manage daily creation two ways:

  1. Choose to create one new thing every day. This means one sentence, one new line, one new note. You’re welcome (encouraged) to do more, but anybody can do one sentence a day, especially with tools available (link). We make that one new thing no matter how we’re feeling.
  2. Choose to create it wrong. How many times have you stopped creating because you didn’t know the right way to go? The right scene? The right notes? The right colors? A key to daily creation is learning not to fear doing it wrong. Writing/drawing/creating garbage doesn’t mean failure. It only brings you closer to doing it right.
This works. Reliably. We're producing graphic novels, toy photography, fantasy and sci-fi books and short stories, and all kinds of art. #CreateIt22 Click To Tweet

The #CreateIt22 Support System

  • We’re very active in Discord, where we brainstorm, share one another’s triumphs and struggles, and encourage each other to break out of creative block.
  • We often share what we’re doing daily on Social Media, usually Twitter and Instagram, with the hashtag, #CreateIt22.
  • I make pep-talk videos every day on multiple platforms, and yes, I reply to anyone who reaches out.
  • It’s easy to feel alone when stuck in creative block. You’re not.
We work together, sharing our imperfect efforts and encouraging each other every day. #CreateIt22 is a NO-SHAME zone. Click To Tweet

Where do I find #CreateIt22?

We’re currently on all the social media platforms below using the hashtag, #CreateIt22. Jump in wherever you’re comfortable.

You don’t need a membership.

You don’t need money.

All you need to do is choose to make something new, and allow it to be newborn and messy.

See you there.