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Questions for a Creative Year-End Review

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2018 Year in Review


Taking Time to Reflect on the Creative Year that Was

I think it is important to do a creative year-end review in addition to any other regular life year-end review you do. This snapshot of your creative year and of what you value, what you tried, what you explored, what you discovered, what stood out and what you loved… can be a wonderful freezeframe to look back on later and to compare with other years.

My goal with questions like the ones that make up this “creative year-end review” is both a summary of my creative self in this year and a set of answers that I can look at and compare to last year and then to next year. I will also use some of these answers in thinking about my new year and any creative goals or hopes I have for the new year.

The questions below represent the list I used in 2017 for my end-of-year review. (The image version is a very streamlined and pared down version of this same set of 20.)

2018 Creative Review

  1. What was your word for the year?
  2. What creative goals did you have for the year? (How did they go?)
  3. Where did you focus your (creative) energies in terms of medium or type of art?
  4. What big (creative) projects or challenges did you undertake during the year? (How did they go?)
  5. What themes or subjects did you explore throughout the year?
  6. What was your favorite (creative) piece/project this year? (Be specific. Make a short list if necessary.)
  7. What was your favorite (creative) tool this year?
  8. What was your favorite color or palette this year?
  9. What was your favorite (creative) discovery this year?
  10. What books made a difference in your creative life this year? (You might also answer this question for video channels or blogs.)
  11. What classes or workshops did you take this year?
  12. What is your favorite social media stream for your creative pursuits and connections?
  13. How do you validate your creative self or keep yourself accountable?
  14. What changes did you make in this year in support of your creativity?
  15. What do you wish you had done more of (creatively)?
  16. What (creative) project have you put off that you really want to do?
  17. What does your (creative) life look like?
  18. What do you wish your (creative) life looked like?
  19. How did you do this year with sharing your work?
  20. What made you happy?


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