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2022 Words for Creating and Being: December

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

Prompts to reflect the season. The cold of the outside, the warmth that we create inside. Use these prompts however you like, but particularly in this season, consider them as a chance to create a little quiet space for yourself. Space to write, space to draw, space to think. Space to be present.

1. intend
2. hibernate
3. pause
4. jubilant
5. leisurely
6. flicker
7. stroll
8. bring
9. hush
10. unfold
11. heal
12. reverberate
13. gleam
14. tender
15. gracious
16. festive
17. gaze
18. sparkle
19. joy
20. adorn
21. midwinter
22. delight
23. frigid
24. spark
25. entertain
26. linger
27. lull
28. dormant
29. brisk
30. interlude
31. leap

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What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here. Be sure to check out the new Creative Fuel Collective platform too!

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

December 1, 2022 at 06:04

2022 Words for Creating and Being: November

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

As the days get darker and night falls quickly, we shift and transition. It’s a time when we begin to tap into a different pace, and one where creativity can flourish. If you’re in need of a daily practice, this month there’s Austin Kleon’s 30-day challenge or you could even try your hand at NaNoWriMo, the popular monthlong novel writing challenge.

Or you can just sit with these words and let them marinate. Give them space, give them time. And do the same for yourself.

1. attend

2. difference

3. tiny

4. dance

5. conclude

6. jagged

7. bark

8. honor

9. storm

10. circle

11. border

12. bare

13. waste

14. line

15. shelter

16. fog

17. endless

18. distinguish

19. horizon

20. serendipity

21. collect

22. spot

23. inquire

24. converse

25. join

26. retreat

27. require

28. draw

29. linger

30. ponder

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What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here. Be sure to check out the new Creative Fuel Collective platform too!

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

November 1, 2022 at 10:38

2022 Words for Creating and Being: October

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

Are you considering taking part in Inktober this month? Consider using these words as a starting point. Or do the usual: sit with them, mull them over, see where they lead.

1. embark
2. welcome
3. rust
4. unexpected
5. weather
6. thread
7. surface
8. overlap
9. slow
10. flame
11. touch
12. fold
13. expect
14. minuscule
15. color
16. calm
17. slick
18. spontaneous
19. burst
20. spin
21. combine
22. wander
23. cycle
24. invigorate
25. beyond
26. migrate
27. reveal
28. boundary
29. sway
30. turn
31. remember

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What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here. Be sure to check out the new Creative Fuel Collective platform too!

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

October 1, 2022 at 05:00

2022 Words for Creating and Being: July

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july words for creating and being by anna brones

New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

Use them as creative prompts, use them as a starting point for conversation, use them simply for contemplation. Put them in your mind and let them rest there. See what they bloom into.

1. luminous
2. community
3. sustain
4. pivot
5. foster
6. scout
7. stand
8. meander
9. juxtapose
10. contribute
11. convene
12. navigate
13. admire
14. enliven
15. encourage
16. energize
17. rewind
18. permit
19. transcend
20. invisible
21. exhale
22. peek
23. inspect
24. smooth
25. galvanize
26. imperfection
27. mirror
28. contextualize
29. access
30. sing
31. stillness

What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

July 1, 2022 at 10:07

2022 Words for Creating and Being: June

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

These are words for contemplation, words for action, words for creativity. They can be a starting point for a drawing, a poem, a painting, a song. Or use them to spark a conversation, or something to contemplate while out on a walk.

1. shift
2. beauty
3. search
4. nurture
5. crossroads
6. burrow
7. establish
8. scent
9. tide
10. embolden
11. scour
12. mesh
13. essence
14. moonlight
15. imbibe
16. engage
17. enter
18. diminish
19. weave
20. layer
21. transition
22. inhale
23. magnify
24. evolve
25. balance
26. bloom
27. current
28. elaborate
29. spread
30. gather

What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

June 1, 2022 at 07:00

2022 Words for Creating and Being: May

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

These are words for contemplation, words for action, words for creativity. Use them as you see fit. Use them as a starting point for a drawing, a poem, a painting, a song. Use them to spark something. Use them as a question, use them for contemplation.

1. dream
2. rest
3. forage
4. speak
5. dig
6. appear
7. watch
8. wonder
9. trust
10. limit
11. wild
12. deliver
13. seek
14. investigate
15. flow
16. branch
17. commence
18. try
19. blend
20. identify
21. force
22. savor
23. germinate
24. thrive
25. ripen
26. explore
27. question
28. lengthen
29. glimmer
30. burst
31. delve

What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

May 2, 2022 at 10:34

2022 Words for Creating and Being: April

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

These are words for contemplation, words for action, words for creativity. Use them as you see fit. Use them as a starting point, use them as a mantra. Use them to spark something. Use them as a question, use them as an intention.

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1. laugh
2. allow
3. involve
4. appreciate
5. proceed
6. lean
7. rebuild
8. awaken
9. center
10. release
11. puddle
12. commit
13. plan
14. resume
15. discover
16. refine
17. journey
18. grow
19. find
20. stumble
21. alter
22. strengthen
23. articulate
24. perceive
25. control
26. arrange
27. clarify
28. attention
29. stir
30. change

What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

April 1, 2022 at 06:54

2022 Words for Creating and Being: March

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New month, new prompts in the 2022 Words for Creating and Being series.

Words for contemplation, words for action, words for creativity.

I know that things are heavy right now. Which is even more reason for us to take time to be present, to think, to connect, to create.

1. pause
2. feel
3. immerse
4. focus
5. grace
6. respond
7. decide
8. resistance
9. see
10. root
11. open
12. revive
13. forge
14. voice
15. support
16. plunge
17. contemplate
18. there
19. amend
20. emerge
21. choose
22. trim
23. expand
24. notice
25. connect
26. intertwine
27. invite
28. revitalize
29. transform
30. struggle
31. adapt

What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

March 1, 2022 at 20:24

2022 Words for Creating and Being: February

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New month, new prompts. 

This is the second month of 2022 Words for Creating and Being (here are the ones from January). As opposed to last year when I made more specific prompts, a single word offers a little more room for interpretation. They can be for drawing, for writing, or simply for contemplating.

Let the word sit with you for the day. Say it out loud, feel it on your tongue, hold it in your head. Then see where it leads you. 

1. here
2. ground
3. answer
4. become
5. return
6. infinite
7. cloud
8. peel
9. uncover
10. approach 
11. ramble
12. grip
13. deviate
14. kind
15. rise
16. resolve
17. tend
18. glide
19. remove
20. stretch
21. abundance
22. align
23. begin
24. build
25. dedicate
26. shadow
27. complete
28. radiate

What happens when we sit with a word? When we unpack it? When we investigate every single letter? When we consider what’s behind the definition? That’s what these words are for. They are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

February 1, 2022 at 06:25

2022 Words for Creating and Being: January

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New year, new prompts!

Last year I put together monthly lists of creativity prompts. They were mostly intended as drawing prompts but they worked as writing prompts too.

I wanted to continue this year but felt that drawing prompts could often be a little prescriptive. Creative plays a role in my daily life, but I am personally not someone who does well with strict daily routines. I wanted some kind of prompt that felt a little more open to interpretation.

Enter the 2022 Words for Creating and Being.

Creativity isn’t passive—creativity requires action. Most of all, creativity requires curiosity and contemplation.

Modern society doesn’t always provide a lot of space for that, and if we are seeking to be more creative this is an excellent place to start. To kick off the year, I read Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness and this stood out:

“It’s easy to feel as if we’re standing two inches away from a huge canvas that’s noisy and crowded and changing with every microsecond. It’s only by stepping farther back and standing still that we begin to see what that canvas (which is our life) really means, and to take in the larger picture.”

So these monthly lists of words will be a space for doing that. Use them as a springboard for writing, for drawing, or just for thinking. Take the word to paper with a pencil. Take the word with you on a walk and ponder. Share the word and see what conversation it sparks. These words are intended to create space for contemplation, they are an ask for you to invest time in the creative process in all of its forms.

I didn’t launch this list on January 1st. There’s so much pressure on the first day of the year to start something new. I think we need a pause before we begin, a little extra breathing room. So that’s what … is for.

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1. …

2. presence

3. exist

4. quiet

5. solitude

6. exchange

7. rejuvenate

8. dull

9. absorb

10. wind

11. howl

12. extend

13. breathe

14. befriend

15. capture

16. collaborate

17. dark

18. cultivate

19. hope

20. plan

21. consider

22. reflection

23. unearth

24. deepen

25. marinate

26. beam

27. ignite

28. expression

29. renew

30. arrive

31. create

We spend our lives surrounded (and sometimes inundated) by words. We read books, we have conversations, we write emails, we scan headlines. But how often do we really spend time contemplating them? Time holding a word, turning it on its head, considering it means and what we want it to mean? 

I can’t wait to see what spending stillness with some words will lead to. 

You can find previous monthly lists of prompts here.

As always, these monthly prompts and a lot of my other work are made possible thanks to supporters on Patreon.

Written by Anna Brones

January 2, 2022 at 11:59