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Is there a creativity drought in your area? I seem to be hearing about lack of creativity a lot lately so read on for some good news about creativity!
Creativity is a Skill. Practice and you’ll get better.
It’s not some magic mist that wreathes the delicate brow of a few chosen people. It’s an innate human gift that we can all access and use. Of course, everyone’s creative gift is expressed differently: some of us are genius with color, others with words, still others with inventions and even ideas to make life and the world better. But, none of this expansive flowering creativity comes fully formed, it’s the result of trial and error – creative practice over time.
This idea often comes as a good news/bad news package for many people. The good news is that it’s under your control, you can be more creative with effort. The bad news is that it’s under your control and you can be more creative with effort. What?
Yes, the idea that, even if you don’t feel it now, you have a latent reserve of personal creativity is exciting and hopeful. The scary part is that to use and develop it takes effort and trial and error. It’s usually the error part where things go haywire. So often, the first few creative trials aren’t what you expected, or even particularly pretty, and it’s easy to jump to the conclusion “I’m not creative,” when all you really need is more practice.
Set aside all those ideas that “real” creative people don’t make mistakes and play with your own creative thoughts and discover your gifts. Don’t be afraid to try something new, take a class, use all your paints, rearrange the furniture or whatever your creative muse leads you to try. That’s how you practice!