Cultivating Creativity

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cultivating Creativity
Accessing the creative energy within.

I’ve been feeling pretty motivated lately.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I finished writing a novel recently (my first one to finish since high school!), and now I’m already 10,000 words into writing the next one. This is a huge accomplishment for me. Though writing has always come naturally for me, it’s not always easy. I make excuses, every excuse I can think of, to not write. I procrastinate heavily, filling my time with anything to keep me from the blank page.

I told myself I couldn’t write unless I was struck by some sort of creative genius which, of course, so rarely occurred that I went a long time without writing anything at all. I was under the illusion that writing needs to be perfect. That if I can’t manage to have every word flow onto the page with perfect originality and creative genius then I shouldn’t bother writing at all.

This, of course, is not how creativity works.

Too often we believe that creativity is something we are either given or not, and if we aren’t naturally given the gift of creativity, we can’t access it, can’t use it, ever. And this is just not true.

Creativity is something we have with us all the time. It’s something we all carry within. We all have the ability to come up with new ideas, to see the world in a new light, to create an entirely different world within our imaginations. Sure, some people might seem to be better at accessing this creative energy, but that doesn’t mean they are the only people who have it.

The second I stopped trying to limit my creativity to a spark of genius that would either be with me one day and gone the next, the second I realized all the creativity I will ever need is already within me, is the second I stopped making excuses for my writing and just started using my creative energy instead.

And now I’m very proud of my results. 

So stop making excuses. Stop telling yourself that you’re just not creative. You are. You have the ability to be just as creative as you want to be. Stop limiting yourself, and just go with it.

Remember that your creativity is yours. It’s not going to manifest itself in the same ways as everyone else. So stop comparing your ideas to other people. You are you. Let your creativity reflect that.

Let your creative energy flow.

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