Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Are You Creative?

by Tamara Passey*

I don't even have to ask. I know you are. Everyone is. (I know as I say that it is kind of like saying everyone is special. . . ) But I'm convinced all of us have an inner artist and so many of the myths surrounding creativity -are just that- myths. I came across this article a while ago and loved the research. Here is a little of what Epstein had to say:

The very good news is that, with the right skills, you can boost your own creative output by a factor of 10 or more. Significant creativity is within everyone's reach--no exceptions. What's more, greater creativity breeds greater happiness. The creative process is itself a source of joy for most people. And with new creative powers we're also better able to solve the little problems that beset us daily.
~"Capturing creativity" By Robert Epstein, published on July 01, 1996


Did you catch that? 'Creativity is within every one's reach - no exceptions' In the words of my four-year-old, that totally rocks! And who couldn't use another source of joy in their life or extra help solving problems? It's enough to make a pre-published author like myself really happy about the possibilities. So I'm curious - what kind of creating do you really enjoy? What part of the process do you like the most?


*Confession: This post is adapted from the post on my personal blog yesterday and is the first in a series I'm planning on creativity. My apologies if you follow my blog and happened to read this already.

5 comments:

  1. Love these thoughts. Heavenly Father made us to be creative. Part of the purpose for challenges is to help us learn how to be creative and find answers.
    I enjoy all kinds of creating. Getting started is the most difficult part for me. I love it when things start to flow.

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  2. Me too. I am always humbled when that happens.

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  3. I agree all people are creative, they just don't know how to use or capture it. That's the challenge.

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  4. Kinda like my Sunday School lesson last week about lengthening your stride.

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  5. I agree learning how to channel that creativity is key. I just wish God had given me the picture book instruction manual.

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