Why You’re Missing Crucial Opportunities If You Think You’re ‘Not Creative’

Why You’re Missing Crucial Opportunities If You Think You’re ‘Not Creative’

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  1. When I was in elementary school, a creativity consultant had me look at a picture and tell a story. Well, I was making sure it actually ended at the story, which I guess I wasn’t supposed to do, so she sent me away before I could tell the story, which did work, then declared I have no creativity. I’ve had ten novels published. How many has she published?

    Okay, that was just snarky. I think I show plenty of creativity in the kitchen, or in that Othello program I wrote in BASIC, or in the way I play guitar, accuracy be damned because I was 54 years old when I started teaching myself.

    The best teams are the ones where we don’t all have the same abilities, where their strengths compensate for our weaknesses and our strengths compensate for their weaknesses. If that team happens to be the left side of my brain and the right side of my brain, that’s a fine team too.

    • That kind of stuff makes me crazy. One misinformed teacher can damage the creative confidence of so many kids. Anyone who teaches any creative form has seen a lot of the fallout of this — I certainly have.

      I like that team idea. 🙂

    • Oh my goodness, creativity consultant?? That’s ridiculous, and a horrible thing to do to a child. It sounds to me like you’ve done pretty well for yourself in the end, though!

      Thanks for the comment, Michael 🙂

  2. I find getting outside in the fresh air really helps when the dreaded writer’s block strikes. For more content ideas it’s always helpful to get new perspectives on the issue you are writing about, too.

    That’s especially the case for longer pieces where I find myself sometimes becoming ‘word blind’!

    • “Word blind” is such an interesting way of putting it! I know exactly what you mean. I wonder what’s going on in our brains there… might be something to research! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Fascinating read Loryn, this really resonated with me. I’m a very structured person, I like order, routine (mostly), hate being late, studied a science at university, but I am a former primary school teacher and now work in a ‘creative’ marketing role. I’ve found myself MANY times battling this so-called juxtaposition between creativity and structure, and continue to debate it in my mind to this day (I have just never seen myself as creative). In truth, as you say, there is a fine balance between the two that is needed. I think more people (especially children in schools) need to know this because it can really shape and put blinkers on your future. Great blog.

    • Thanks Ben! You’re totally right about how this can shape your future. Creativity and logic are both skills that can be learned, if we identify too much as one or the other we don’t give ourselves the opportunity to try 🙂

  4. I think that it’s totally possible to manage different types of creativity under the banner of ‘writer’. I can put on my more logical hat and write academic work about horror films (which in itself requires creativity in how to communicate the results of any textual analysis) and then I can swap to my novelist hat and do some creative writing. I don’t think you can have logic without creativity any more than you can have creativity without logic!

    • Exactly! Some things might require a different mix of the two skills, but ultimately they’re omnipresent in all the work we do.

      Thanks for reading!

  5. I think that it is a great analogy to compare a writer with an athlete. It doesn’t matter how much natural talent you have, you will never get the best possible result unless you have the right training regime and get enough practice.

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