We use creativity every day. We use it when we run out of sugar, and decide to try honey in our tea. We use it when the freeway is blocked and we try an alternate route to work. We use it when we realise the stapler is as good a paperweight as the Italian snow globe the mother-in-law gave us, which we’ve just broken. Creativity also comes in to play as we try to figure out how we’re going to explain it to her.
Even those of us who consider ourselves less than creative – drink our tea without sugar, dutifully sit in traffic, and never use expensive gifts as paperweights – still use our creativity to get through life.
But many of us believe: There are creative people, and then there’s me. I’m just not creative.
I’ll let you in on a secret. All of us have creativity inside us. It’s how we protect and nurture it that makes the difference between those who are often described as ‘creative’ and those who drink unsugared tea.
“So?” says you. “I’ve managed just fine up until now. Why does it matter?”
Taking a creative approach to work, school, learning and life in general will not only help you stand out from the crowd, but enjoy things so much more.
- At work, what distinguishes you from the new computer software that can do your job in half the time?
- At school, what is the difference between your essay and the 30 other essays on the teacher’s desk?
- At home, why does the discovery of long lost fabric fill you with excitement?
The answer to all of these questions should be: Your creative approach.
Developing your creative ability allows you to see possibilities in all sorts of situations. It shows your boss you’re a valuable member of the team. It provides a refreshing change to the teacher who reads your essay. It motivates you to make new curtains, a new dress, a new apron, a coat for the dog, a rag doll for your daughter…the list goes on.
“Okay,” you say. “But how does one become more creative?”
I’m glad you asked! At least I hope you asked. My mindreading skills are not exactly legendary. I work mainly on mind-assuming skills.
There are many books, magazines, blogs etc. which deal with creativity and how to develop it. All of them have merit. However, I’d like to introduce you to a different way of looking at creativity. Most methods of developing creativity involve steps, flow charts, circular diagrams, intensive exercises etc. All those have their place. But this blog has a different purpose. I’d like to show you how to get to know her.
Yes, I do know I used the word ‘her.’ Your Creativity may be a boy, but mine is most definitely a girl. A talkative, excitable girl with ridiculous…I mean interesting dress sense and a fascinating workshop.
Ah, now the title all makes sense. Yes, I would like to invite you into my Creativity’s workshop (that is the workshop belonging to Creativity) and demonstrate how you can become friends with your inner Creativity.
Now before you scream, “weird!” and leave as quickly as possible, please give the idea a moment to settle in your mind. After all, most of us are used to that little disembodied voice in our head known as our conscience, and we’re often very comfortable to think of it almost as a separate entity. Well why not try the idea of viewing your Creativity as friend inside your head – a friendship which could lead to many enjoyable and hysterical adventures.
This blog will show how this relationship works (and sometimes doesn’t work) from a ‘normal’ person’s point of view (me) and from Creativity’s point of view. I mentioned she’s talkative. You’ll see for yourself very soon.
I realise this approach is unconventional, but that’s Creativity in general. If you embrace the weird and wacky, life becomes far more interesting…
And on that note, I have nothing else to say except welcome to my blog and please leave a comment.
December 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm
I enjoyed reading your introduction on creativity and will definitely be checking in regularly to follow up.
Like many of us “writers” out there, I’m in a rut right now. I think my main problem is questioning my own ideas and purpose for writing. I have so much to say but I don’t know where to start. I will definitely print out the guideline on “Write to done” and get my thoughts & ideas some stimulus 😉
December 14, 2009 at 11:53 am
Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you enjoyed my post.
I love the concept of your blog, and I enjoyed reading the story about the dirty clothes/dirty windows.
I hope my blog in some small way can help you out with the stimulation of ideas.
December 13, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Great intro, can’t wait for the personal introduction to Creativity. What an amazing concept, I like the comparison to the conscience.
I’ll be waiting for more.
December 14, 2009 at 11:54 am
Thanks Amber. Creativity and I have been working on her first blog post today so it shouldn’t be too long in coming.
December 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Tried out my canvas but it is a bit blank tonight. Sort of white and floaty as in the word “floating” drifting by in blue wavy letters in a white canvas sky.
I am glad your Creativity is as easily distracted as mine. It is nice to share in someone elses creative process in the hopes of better understanding my own.
So I shook hands with my Creativity tonight, even if we didn’t quite make it to eye contact.
January 7, 2010 at 2:10 am
this is exciting; i like it!
January 7, 2010 at 9:18 am
Hi! Thanks for dropping by. I’m so happy you find it exciting. 🙂
By the way, you have some beautiful photos on your blog! Look forward to seeing more.
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