Nov 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.


  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.

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

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

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

  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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