Monday, May 29, 2023

Draw a map

Draw a map


Improv Activity:

  1. Draw a map. Pay no attention to accuracy, simply represent some area with your own original map.
  2. Write three lines describing your map.
  3. Next Level: Improvise a scene based on your map, or, write a short piece (poem, story, description) based on your map.
Materials Needed:
  • Paper and pen or something else to construct your map.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Keep Going

Challenges? Of course! Problems? Everywhere! Improvisation gives you and advantage: you can think on your feet in the moment, fearlessly. Creativity gives you an edge -- what you try that doesn't fly shows you a better way to get by.

Don't stop creating until you stop breathing. 

Don't stop improvising until you die.

Keep the fun alive.

-- doug smith

A Better Strategy - collage by doug smith


Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Stay Creative

Staying creative opens more possibilities.

-- doug smith

Monday, April 24, 2023

Don't Knock the Blocks

It's awkward to experience a creative block when you need to create on the spot. It feels like driving an old country winding road on a dark night when your headlights suddenly go out. Not fun. Scary, even. 

Ah, but sometimes creativity feels like that. Sometimes improvisation feels less than automatic. Should we keep driving, or stop in our tracks?

Maybe coast? What drives you, what guides you is still there. As long as we put in the hours and work the practice, our practice will kick in and get us going. Don't knock the blocks, they are there to build on.

Creative break-thru come after creative blocks.

And -- those creative break-thru are sweet indeed.

-- doug smith


The Actor Contemplates

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Simple Math

Find the place where you are the most creative and spend much more time there.

-- doug smith

Pin Cushion Theory of Evolution

Saturday, April 22, 2023

secret blessing

What bothers you can also make you more creative. 

It's a push (and sometimes a shove)! It's a moment of inspiration! It's a call to do


Think about something that you find utterly aggravating. Now, write for two minutes on what to do about that.

-- doug smith  

Friday, April 21, 2023

sing that song

sing that song

 Some people sing fantastically. Some people do not think that they can sing at all. If you have a voice, you can sing. If you allow yourself to find that voice and sing from your heart (and from your toes) it will not matter that you do not sound like someone else you'd consider a great singer. You sound like yourself. You sound great.

Can you improve? Of course!

Should you ever stop singing? No!

What could be a faster path to creativity than singing?

No one else can sing your song for you. Sing!

-- doug smith