Your creative purpose is what drives you to create—your very reason for doing it.
We asked thousands of makers why they create. See some of the responses below (and join the ScrapBox Family Facebook Group to be part of conversations like this).
We've outlined steps below to help you authentically answer this question for yourself. But first, let's talk about why it is critical.
Knowing your creative purpose is important. Here's why.
Knowledge is power. You can be more intentional with your time and choose to do things you know will bring more happiness and fulfillment, while choosing not to do other things that don’t align with your values.
Knowledge brings commitment. When things get busy, your creative time is less likely to fall to the wayside because you understand the meaning and fulfillment it brings to your life.
Knowledge fosters community. When you know what’s important to you and why, you will attract others who think like you. Connecting with a like-minded community can bring even more meaning to your work.
4 simple steps to help you define your own creative purpose.
- Take a few minutes and write out a list of reasons why you create. Recall some specific crafting experiences that have brought you the most joy and meaning. You may discover some unifying themes.
- Read over your list and circle the ones that pop out as the most true and authentic answers.
- From this circled list, try to narrow it down to 2-3. Cross off any that don’t seem quite as important.
- Put this short list in order of importance. Number one is your core creative purpose and should be the answer that feels most true for you.
Defining your creative purpose is the first step to experiencing more crafting joy. Follow along with us tomorrow (11/12) for step two: Identifying barriers to creativity.