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Is creativity only for a select few?

March 18, 2016 - Creativity

Is creativity only for a select few? 2

What we think creativity is …

“I’m not a creative person” one of my friend tells me when she comes across a painting and wishes she was good at painting. I sigh. She was deeply rooted in the belief that she was not a creative person.

When we think of creativity more often than not we think of people or art who have been practising it for some years. We seldom think of their first and early awkward attempts at creativity. We look at the creativity of the artist that has had many months or years to mature and feel that our own work would never measure up to it. Of course, it wouldn’t! We have never looked at the many rough drafts or the awkward paintings that had to be produced before the final art comes into being.

What creativity actually is…

Creativity isn’t always beautiful but it is always fun. It is always play if you allow it to be. It can ride on the backs of the first limping sentences that come to you as you attempt your first poem. Creativity can be as simple as making your grandmother’s recipe for soup and adding a few twists to make it your own. Creativity comes out of chaos, out of mess. It is never a linear learning curve. When we think of ourselves being creative we often focus on the product – the book, the painting and not the process itself, the hours spent writing or rewriting the rough draft.

If we are human, we are creative. It isn’t a gift given only to a select few.

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on – Albert Einstein

P.S – Two of my prose poems Lady Red and Wax published at Literary Yard 🙂

My poem ‘Spaces‘ made it to the short list in the contest run by writersmelon.com. The theme was unrequited love 🙂

4 thoughts on “Is creativity only for a select few?

Heather Hayden

So true! It always makes me sad when someone says they aren’t creative, or good at this/that/the other thing. There are plenty of things I’m not good at, but I’m working to improve… And often having fun doing so! I think people forget to have fun when they’re learning new things, rather than focusing on the problems they’re having.

Congratulations on the poetry publications!

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Laura B

To paraphrase a wonderful tumblr post I saw:

How to be a writer:
Step 1: Hate everything you ever write ever
Step 2: Keep writing anyway
Step 3: Edit
GOTO Step 1

The iteration trains you produce something you’ll like. Eventually…

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    Constance

    Good to find an expert who knows what he’s talking about!

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Alex

Creativity is the very essence of humanity. It is the mother of all invention. Sure, people give necessity all the credit, but without creativity it wouldn’t be possible to figure out new ways to get what we need. It’s not just the arts. It’s the thing that comes to your rescue every time you have a problem that needs solving and no way to solve it. Stop underestimating yourself, humanity. Creativity flows in your blood. Embrace it.

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