Welcome to the first Tuesday of the month when the international members of our By Invitation Only (BIO) take on our "assignments." We decide the subject and each of us addresses it from our experiences and sensibilities. This time out we are charged with this challenge: "How do you stay creative?"
To see what other members have to say on the subject, please click here.
For me, true creativity is a form of magic. It is the inexplicable (and rare) ability to seemingly make something out of almost nothing -- words, paint, metal, stone, earth -- by some alchemy that transforms those disparate elements into art and ideas that touch our emotions, imagination and sometimes unite the common human spirit.
How do those with the magical gift of creativity pull off their dazzling feats? I have no idea.
Basically I am a journalist. I observe, report and interview and if I'm lucky, by assembling the three ingredients of my craft I can sometimes turn out something stylish at best. Is that creativity? I don't think so. It's a skill set. I seriously doubt, except maybe when I talked about my beloved dog and my most recent entry into grandmother-hood, that I've touched upon some universal theme that resonates with someone reading what I write. Try as I might, I am incapable of assembling words into fiction to construct believable characters, situations, common experiences. That would be creativity.
|You see what I mean? It's complicated.|
Then there are the other types of creativity: science, invention, innovation. Think computers, the Internet, advances in medicine, and on and on.
As you can see the subject confounds me, but isn't it fascinating?