Creative Monday

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Welcome to the first Creative Monday!

I want to start off with a challenge that focuses on Emotional Intelligence.

According to Preston Ni, M.S.B.A in Psychology Today, emotional intelligence is, “the ability to understand, manage, and effectively express one’s own feelings, as well as engage and navigate successfully with those of others.” While this form of intelligence is important in order to achieve success in any field, artists in particular must have high EI in order to go beyond technical excellence and share ourselves with our audience. Fortunately unlike IQ, EI changes over time and can be developed.

So, for today’s creative challenge, read the following description of a woman and then, using any medium you wish, express her emotional state or tell a story developing her character.

A woman is standing on the street corner holding a sign that reads, “Pregnant. Anything Helps. God Bless.” Her bleached hair is tied back in a messy bun and is in stark contrast with her heavy tan. Her clothes are free of tears and holes though obviously heavily worn. If she is pregnant she is not yet showing. She struggles to make eye contact with the cars as they drive by and hesitates momentarily when offered money from a passerby. Sitting next to her on a dirty backpack is a young man distractedly playing with a dog. He looks up to say a few words to her now and then and she nods or responds briefly, but doesn’t smile.

*If you wish to contribute media that is not accepted in the comments section just email it to me at: claire.m.sthilaire@gmail.com and I will include it below!


 

Thank you to Ann Reynolds for sending in this original composition in response to the challenge!

 

About Claire St. Hilaire

Claire believes that to tell a story you must listen to one first. Her books and stories are fictional tales based on the emotions and experiences of individuals who have shared their own stories with her. She is passionate about giving a voice to those who are not heard by creating fictional events and then bringing them to life with true human experiences. View all posts by Claire St. Hilaire

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