I doubt if he even remembers the conversation. On a warm Georgia evening, chatting in front of our college dorm, my friend Matt, made the best statement I’ve heard on creativity. As was our custom, we were pontificating people’s ability to remake themselves. He told me, “Mike, you’re NOT a very creative person but if you wanted to be, you could be.”
I’ve heard seemingly non – creative people assert that they weren’t born creative. The belief sounds like this: A few souls are born with this ability and the rest of us live in a world of rules, outlines, and protocols.
A few years ago, I would have told you the same thing. Be it nature or nurture, I tend to operate from a left brained framework. I believed everything has a process, a checklist, and a method for implementing. Creative work was done by those who were ‘born with it.’
Today, I now consider myself one of those creatives. I do not paint, draw, or dance. Nor do I wear skinny jeans. (Not hatin’, just can’t do it.)
I’ve sought out the “process” (there’s my left brain working) of creativity. Now, I can start with nothing and create ideas and plans that are woven into being.
This journey from outside the college dorm to committing a great deal of my personal time to writing and fostering new ideas took several years. Those of us not naturally “right-brained,” will have to dedicate much commitment. But, it doesn’t have to be a long process.
Stephen King says in, ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft;’ “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
The point is, creatives don’t have abilities granted to them by an external force. It takes continual work to perfect. Creativity is something we are all capable of if we try.
As Matt told me, “If you want to be, you can.”
Question: What makes you creative?
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