6 Quick and Easy Writing and Creative Activities

We’ve all been there – longing to dive into writing and creative projects, but the hours slip away in the whirlwind of daily life. Sound familiar? Keep reading!

I’ve created six quick and easy activities that can fit into even the busiest schedule. Whether you have two minutes or twenty, these exercises are designed to spark inspiration and expand your creative horizons. You don’t need a lot of time or fancy supplies to get creative. Use what you have on hand and have fun!

Unlock your creativity in just a few minutes a day!

notebook with a doodle in pen and the words, sings and dances for 4-legged friends

Write a 6-Word Bio (doodles optional)

Using only 6 words, write a bio or memoir about your life. You can make these as serious or silly as you’d like. If you want, add a doodle to go along with it!

Check out more of my own doodles and 6-word bios here.

Use Your Senses

Make a list of 3 things you can see, hear, feel, taste, and smell.

You can stop there or go into more detail around one or more the senses.

This is a great activity to help you practice using all of your senses in your writing. We often write through the lens of one or two senses but it’s important to use all of them to create a truly immersive story.

a woman smiling with a flower

Found Object Art

Gather 5 objects. They might be objects in your house or you might collect them while on a walk. Arrange them in an interesting scene or design. If you’d like, snap a photo.

One of things I love most about this activity is that the art you make is not permanent. That means that you don’t have to worry about it being perfect. If you don’t like what you’ve created, try it again. If you choose to do this outdoors with items you find on a walk (which I highly recommend!) you can walk away from the art and let it be. 


“Under the giant oak tree, I found…”

Write this sentence at the top of your page. Set your timer for 5 minutes (or however much time you have available). Complete the sentence and keep writing. Do not stop to edit or overthink what you are writing until the timer goes off. 

If you like what you’ve written, you can come back to this piece when you have more time. 

image of an oak tree with the sun shining through
image of a child tracing their hand

Write Your Future

Trace your hand on a piece of paper. Cut it out. Write the future your would like to see for your art form on the palm. If you would like, you can decorate your hand adding colour or designs.

Stick the picture to your wall or fold it up and put it in your wallet where you can be reminded of the future you are manifesting.


Send a Postcard

Find a postcard – or make your own. Add a message and send it to a friend. You will be sure to brighten their day!

If you are stuck on who to send a card to or what to say, check out my list of 20 letter writing ideas here.

image of old letters and postcards tied up with twine.

Remember, creativity knows no bounds, and even the smallest moments can lead to big ideas. So, keep exploring, keep writing, and keep embracing the joy of creativity in your everyday life!


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Erica Richmond

 Erica Richmond, the founder of Open Sky Stories believes that words have the power to provide connection & healing. She offers a variety of writing workshops and 1:1 mentoring. Erica has published two books: Pixie and the Bees and The Mail Art Stories Project: Mail Art in the Time of Covid-19

She lives in Peterborough, Canada with her two teens where they find adventures in everyday life.

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1 Comment

  1. Doris

    “Write Your Future” sounds like a delightful mix of child-like arts and crafts meets adult dreamer – love that one!