Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: What If You Weren't Born a Creative?

I hear many writers say, "I can't do this! I wasn't born creative." No sweat. Raise the creative inside you. Feed it. Nurture it. Mold it. Find what sends shivers down your spine. What puts the twinkle in your eyes? You have to hunt it. For some, creativity doesn't fall out of the sky. Whatever you do, don't give up. Just because you weren't born a creative doesn't mean you can't learn how to harness the gift.

I'm a firm believer in, we all have a creative side. Somewhere.

Read Melissa Donovan's article How to Foster Creativity in Writing.

Need some tips about molding your creative side? Check out Marelisa Fabrega's post on 25 Ways to be More Creative.

Not enough? Here are 24 More Tips!

Don't beat yourself up. You can't walk around feeling sorry for yourself. Pouting certainly won't bring on your creative side. Ignite your own fire. Hone your creativity. 

Nature or nurture? It doesn't matter which infuses the creativity into your writing. Don't get caught up in whether or not you were born a creative. In the end, it's not important. What truly matters is how a writer utilizes their creativity. It's the magic created when the writer and the words meet on the page.

On Friday, I will share more about creativity on a personal level.

~Have a writerly week, y'all. Now, go. Create! 

19 comments:

  1. Gonna check out those links. Thanks! :)

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  2. Depends on who's looking whether they call it creative or crazy...at my stuff that is.

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    1. Oh, trust me Gail, I've been called crazy, too. :)

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  3. I think some try to be creative like others then feel defeated. We all have our own sources of inspiration and create differently. And remember no one creates like you. :)

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  4. I think when we claim, "I'm not creative" we are in a comparison mode. When I feel non-creative, I'm almost always thinking of myself in comparison to someone else's creativity, instead of viewing what I do on its own. Great links and encouragement to feed and nurture our creativity.

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    1. Comparing ourselves to others can be quite dangerous. I often have the "wish I would've thought of that" feeling when seeing other creatives. It's about celebrating ourselves, and I think it's hard for some to do this. Hope you enjoyed the links. :)

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  5. Never questioned my creativity - common sense, yes! :)

    Just found out today the man I've been married for, well, forever, would have loved to have been an actor. I so want him to try, still, he's so handsome and debonair, and always funny. So cool!

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    1. Yolanda, I would bet more than half the world walks around with something they wished they did or would love to do. Nurturing our creative sides is about harnessing the want, wish, or desire and letting it flow. :)

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  6. I think creativity is all about trying something new and taking risks...and having the confidence to go for it. Sometimes the line between the creative and the crazy is almost non-existent, but that's what makes it interesting and exciting. There were some great tips (in your post and links)!

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    1. Taking risks and having the confidence to explore them. I like it, Michael. And I believe you're right. The line between creative and crazy is definitely a fine one. :)

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  7. Creativity can definitely be taught.Einstein said that so I believe it. Sometimes I wish I weren't so creative. (Just came by to see how you were.)

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  8. I love all the links you have up there! Luckily, I was born creative! Unluckily, I was born lazy. :P

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  9. Candilynn! A.) You're so sweet :) B.) Great insight. Baseball players are rarely born as home-run heroes, I always say. Preach on, sister :D!!

    (PS) Hope all is well with you :D

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  10. Yes! Raise the Creative is a great way to put it. I also call it praying to my mind.

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  11. I think all people are born creative, but that they don't nurture creativity enough. :-D

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