My new career as a writer has me thinking more about creativity. Am I creative? Where does creativity come from?
Historically I believed that I wasn’t creative because I can’t draw or sew or paint. The image I chose for today features what I have traditionally thought of as creative. This beautiful art was made by women in India and hangs over the doorway of our washer and dryer. I wonder if the women who crafted this thought they were creative?
What I’m learning in psychoanalysis, the Freudian kind that I’ve written my memoir about, are things I didn’t really want to know. Not only did I not want to know, I am not sure I will be able to make happen.
Slowing down to think. Being with myself. These are both vital to the creative process. BUT – a part of me cries out – there are so many things I want to do and read and write about! So many books and podcasts and videos and movies – I don’t want to miss anything important and they all seem important and interesting and vital to my well being.
Here’s an idea I’m going to try: By the next time the 4th week comes around and the editorial calendar indicates it is time to write about the creative process again, I will have spent time just hanging out with myself at least once each week for a couple of hours. I remember Julia Cameron’s Artist Dates from her gem of a book The Artist’s Way:
One time a week do something that fuels your creativity.
I tried this several years ago. I remember going to the Art Center and sitting in front of The Flock II created by Magdalena Abakanowicz (I had to look up how to spell her last name!) with my journal. Another time I walked around Tuesday Morning looking at millions of interesting objects, purchasing a plastic container of 88 different sized colored paper clips. I don’t know what I’ll do in the next few weeks but I’m excited!
I will report back and tell you how many Artist’s dates I accomplish in February. In the meantime, do you want to make your own plan for something to fuel your creativity? What do you think creativity is? Do you think you are creative? Do you need permission to create? Where do you find it? What gets in your way? I love to hear from you.
Please let me know if you have an artist date and how it goes or what you think about creativity.
CLUE for a richer life: Cleaning out your sock drawer may not be the most creative activity but if you can’t think of any thing else to do – Clean our your sock drawer. Be wild and throw out singles that you keep waiting for the dryer to cough up the matching sock. Realize it is not going to happen – at least not until you throw it away at which time the mates will miraculously appear. Then wear your most colorful pair to celebrate a creative task well done.
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