Creativity is tough to define and tougher still to write about. I’m no expert, but I know what works for me, and likely, you know what works for you. So I thought it might be fun to see what a few famous creative people had to say about the subject. I hope one of these nuggets inspires you. I’m putting a few up on my own bulletin board pronto. :)
(Note: I apologize for the wonky spacing you'll see below. It looks perfect on the "compose" page.)
To cultivate creativity:
1. Don’t overthink.
“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.”
–Eric Jerome Dickey
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”
“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.”
“Rational thoughts never drive people’s creativity the way emotions do.”
–Neil deGrasse Tyson
2. Stop worrying that everything you write has to be perfect.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”
“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”
3. Just do it.
“Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.”
“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the
most extraordinary results in human culture.”
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
4. Believe in your own unique and beautiful mind.
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look
at things in a different way.”
–Edward de Bono
“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”
“Rule of art: Can’t kills creativity!”
5. Trust your instincts…
“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
…and let yourself go.
“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.”
This is my last post for TeachingAuthors. I’ll miss my friends here, as well as you readers who comment to let us know you're reading (that’s always appreciated!). But I’m not disappearing entirely. I’ll be blogging at a new blog called Picture Book Builders, along with seven other published picture book authors and illustrators. Every Tuesday and Friday we'll explore one of the many, many elements that go into the making of great picture books. Hope to see you there! Check us out at www.picturebookbuilders.com