adjective: creative – relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
Imagination? That’s a good start.
Original. You can almost see that word’s nose in the air. Seems a bit loaded, doesn’t it?
Let’s dig a little deeper into the word “creation”, shall we?
noun: creation – the action or process of bringing something into existence.
Ah! There we go. That’s the core right there. Bringing something into existence. Happens every day, doesn’t it? We talked about it a bit in Episode 1 of The Creative DoubleShot podcast. Gardening, home projects, construction projects, arranging the books on your bookshelf. Each time you mess with things, you bring something new into existence.
And it all counts as creativity.
There are gatekeepers who are happy to tell you what is and isn’t creative, but that’s not what creativity is about. Sure, it might come into play if you decide you want to sell whatever it is you make, but pure creativity is just for you. It’s funny how it finds you from time to time even if you’re not necessarily looking for it. Do you ever get a little thrill when you hang a new painting or rearrange your furniture? Do you ever take satisfaction in the way a job well done makes you feel? I’ll bet you do. That little zing! you feel in your chest, the gears whirring in your mind, that’s the good stuff.
That feeling is a great seed from which to grow creative practice. Grow it from your heart and it’ll always be there like a well-lit cabin when you’re lost in the creative wilderness wondering what the point is. Reach for it, revisit it, engage with it. Bask in it! Defining creativity on your terms is all that matters. Whatever comes after is gravy.
As you consider the shape of your creative life and nurture it, you’ll find those random encounters with that feeling aren’t so random after all and that you have it in you to make it happen again and again.
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