Circle time.

It will surprise no one who knows me that I’m pretty much making this up on the fly 🙂 (If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, pop back to the first post about creative circles here. I’ll wait.)

What I have in mind is a situation in which we all support each other. The support each person needs/ wants may be different, and that’s something that we’re going to have to be flexible about. What I think we should do first is introduce ourselves and what we’re looking to get out of a creative community. Is it pure support for effort? Are we looking to skill share, learn from each other? Are there targets you want to set for yourself? Or is it more about aspirations and wishlists?

So I think the first thing to do is an introduction and goal setting post or comment. If you want to use your own blog/site/profile to do this that’s fab, and after I sleep I’ll drop a bloghop into this post so that we can all find each other. I’ll use a bloghop rather than a straight linky so that people can travel blog to blog rather than having to come back here. (All a bloghop is is a shared linky – when you join in you get a snippet of code to paste into the post you’re entering, and then the linky list will show up on your post too.) 

If you don’t have a blog – maybe you’re going to be using instagram or flickr to share images? – you’re welcome to join in by leaving a link in the comments 🙂 

The sort of thing I have in mind is this:

I’m Jax. (Yes, I know you know that.) I’ve been writing fiction since I was in my teens, but I’ve never had anything published. My long term goal is to change that 🙂 My intermediate target is to have a finished manuscript that I’m pitching out by this time next year, and I’m going to try to use nanowrimo to kick the writing off. I’m probably going to need constructive criticism and virtual biscuits, and kicking off twitter every now and then. 

Alongside the writing is my drawing.  I want to get into a habit of creativity, and to stop worrying about it being perfect, or always better, and get on with just doing. I took part in a great sketchalong challenge with a couple of friends, but life got in the way and I just kind of stopped. I want encouragement to keep it going.

And finally, actually making stuff. I’ve been saying for two years I want a new reenactment outfit – that has to actually happen. And I’ve a stack of unfinished objects of the crochet variety that I’d like to get finished.

So there you go, that’s my bigger picture. Looking forward to hearing yours. When we’ve got an idea about what everyone wants out of this, then we’ll work out how it works. I have a whole bunch of ideas, from joining in with creative events, to encouraging each other to submit work, being beta readers, and maybe even sharing actual real life bits of art or craft.

Still up for it?

  



About Jax Blunt

I’m the original user, Jax Blunt I’ve been blogging for 14 years, give or take, and if you want to know me, read me :)

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Comments

  1. Excellent Jax. Looking forward to this so much. I will join in via my blog too as I have rather neglected it this year. I am away for a few days now but will get on it on Monday night. V. excited ?

    • There is no rush, and linkies etc will be up for ages – this is about support and sharing, not pressure. Looking forward to having you 🙂

  2. It sounds wonderful, and I’d love to join, but the way life is these days I just can’t see me getting much opportunity – though you mentioned Instagram – I could pretty much certainly be involved there…

    • This is about community, sharing and encouragement, not pressure. If you want to join in on instagram you are absolutely welcome to do so, just do a bit of an introductory comment and leave your instagram link so people can find you. I thought it would probably be good to use a hashtag for that kind of sharing – what do people think of #CreatorsCircle ? (#creativecircle already in use for some very different things 🙂 )

    • (I also see a lot of what you’re doing in your business as being incredibly creative, you have lots to share 🙂 )

  3. A very timely post Jax, as I’ve been thinking I don’t do anything creative anymore. I’ve never been very artistic or anything but I used to like sketching, haven’t done it for years though. Will have a think about how to join in x

  4. This sounds great, I am really looking into getting into my writing properly. I want to get into it and I just need to find my priorities and get it done. I love your pictures and seeing how much you are coming along x

  5. Count me in! Support and not pressure sounds perfect xx

  6. Love the idea of this Jax! I’ll definitely join in if I can get my act together 🙂

  7. This matches my attitude to and thoughts about this community of ours so closely that’s it’s given me a bit of a shiver. I’m on board so much that I’ve bought a special sailor hat. Have a couple of posts planned over the next week or so but will definitely write about this on my online gaff.

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