I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good listen about creativity, especially as it related to photography. In January 2014 the hosts, Bill and Jeffery began giving OTP weekly assignments.
I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would hold myself to the deadline of being finished before the next assignment was announced on the show.
For me, the assignments were a great way to create outside of my normal thought process. When you are going through your daily routine, it is hard to get into any kind of creative rhythm. I found that being assigned a topic or structure to create took away the excuses of "I can't think of anything to shoot" and allowed me to narrow my thoughts to just completing and interpreting the assignment.
I will be posting my results, one assignment at a time so that I might be able to talk about the process of making the shots and my feelings on the results.