The Creative Habit: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice


Stanford Continuing Studies

The Creative Habit: Cultivating a Daily Writing Practice


Even if you can barely remember the last time you wrote anything beyond an email, a text, or a grocery list, the seeds of creativity are still deep inside you and need only a little coaxing to flourish again. This course is based on the notion that it takes twenty-one days to form a habit, and the fact that writing just a little every day will take away the anxiety of the blank page and make you more observant, more in touch with your creativity, and as a result, happier and more fulfilled. Every weekday, for five weeks, you will receive a prompt, from which you should free write for thirty to sixty minutes (or whatever you can spare). Weekends will be off, with optional short prompts for those who want to sustain momentum. The daily prompts will encourage you to try creative nonfiction (writing from what you know), fiction (turning what you know into stories, or making things up), and simple poetic forms (exploring the boundaries of language).

What you will learn

  • To practice placing a priority on being creative
  • How to work quickly while suspending the internal critic
  • To use¬†creative writing as a way of being more present in the world