With a house move and renovation on the go, it has seemed lately like there is little time for creativity. Then I remembered the magic that is Lynda Barry’s 4-minute diary. I spent some time over the winter practicing this every day and it has felt so good to return to it.
Here’s how it goes:
- Spend 2 minutes listing what you did during the day.
- Spend 2 minutes listing what you saw during the day.
- Write down something you overheard.
- Do a quick drawing. (The 4-minute version includes a 30 second drawing. This time around, I took a little longer for this part.)
These few minutes have the effect of turning the whole day into a space of creative possibility.
Often, when I sit down to write about the day, it seems as though nothing “special” has happened. By the time I have made my two lists of the things I did and saw, there is always something I feel excited to draw. Making pictures of these moments, I am able to enjoy them in a new way. And I realise that the day has been filled with moments far more interesting than I first imagined.
Here’s a video of Lynda Barry talking through a timed version of the 4-minute diary. Why not give it a go?
Sometimes a little bit of creativity goes a long way!