The Benefits of Advance Creative Prompts

Over the last month and a half I’ve completed a daily art prompt that I set in advance. This has taken the pressure off of me to come up with subjects and also allowed me to explore different approaches to my art. Having a daily prompt keeps me on track with my goal to create something each day and by posting these prompts on instagram it keeps me accountable for actually doing the art. I’m not going to lie, there have been a few days that I’ve been tired or I’ve had plans that made it difficult to meet my goal. I’ve managed to pause get togethers or squeeze in something at dinner when I’m pressed for time. Most of my prompts even surprise me when I look at my calendar for the current day.  I find myself saying “Yes! I love this idea, or I know what I’m doing for this!”  I also made the prompts vague enough that I can go in different directions. For instance, this month I have a prompt for drawing something with wings.  Is it a bird? A Plane? No, It’s a Maxi Pad. You get the idea. Having an advance set of prompts also helps discourage you from skipping days.  It’s sort of like meal planning when you’re on a diet, if it’s already there it’s easy to eat right. Of course it helps if you actually like the food you’re prepping while dieting and not eating a steady diet of fish and asparagus. I’ve made it a point to make my prompts fun and quirky for the most part and that’s allowed me to come up with some fresh ideas for my work.  You won’t see any  “Blue” prompts here unless I run out of ideas.


Again, follow my instagram @follow_your_art_365 if you want to see what I’m doing each day and download a free challenge calendar if you want to give it a try yourself.

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Jenn M

Teacher, School Administrator, Creative, Nerd Type.

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