My theme for this A to Z challenge is Creativity.
By definition, creativity means having the ability or power to create. This ability is characterized by originality, expressiveness, and imagination.
I believe we all have the ability to be creative. I think some people are afraid to express their creativity for a variety of reasons:
“I’m not good enough.”
“I don’t have any artistic ability.”
“I might fail.”
“I’ll embarrass myself.”
In this A to Z blog challenge, I’ll be giving my thoughts on these concerns. I’ll explore how creativity can mean different things to different people, how each individual can be (and probably is without realizing it) creative in his or her own right, and how to nurture your creativity.
Let’s look at that definition again, how the ability to be creative is characterized:
Originality: that means “you.” Each of you is an original, and what you create can be original, too, if it comes from your heart, your soul, your brain.
Expressiveness: Expressing what you feel, what you see around you, how life and people and things affect you.
Imagination: We all have an imagination. It’s our dreams, our fantasies, our hopes. It’s what scares us, and what makes us laugh or cry. Think of these things and then go beyond that to see where your imagination takes you.
I’m excited about this challenge and exploring creativity with you. Please join in on the conversation—I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Creativity is so important, as it brings out ideas that are unique to each one of us. I agree, it’s all about us, each individual writer, our views and personalities. They eventually translate into our writing, and become our calling card.
Great way to start the Challenge, Linda. I’m looking forward to follow you on this tour.
Thanks, Silvia. Yes, that individualism and uniqueness is what I want to stress this month!
“Originality: that means “you.” Each of you is an original, and what you create can be original, too, if it comes from your heart, your soul, your brain.” << This. I love this. It is so true.
Patricia Lynne, YA Author
Thanks, Patricia 🙂 Loved your excerpt on your blog!
Too many people think that originality means doing something that is NOTHING like something that any person has ever done, and that makes them afraid that they’re not creative enough.. But as you say, we’re all originals, none of us exactly like. I’ve got an identical twin — we even have the same DNA and we’re still not exactly the same! 🙂
I’m looking forward to more posts on your theme.
You’re right, even as a twin you’re an original 🙂 Thanks for reading and for your comment, Thomas! I enjoyed your “A” post on Alternate Universes!
What a wonderful theme and an inspiring post. I was just discussing artistic tastes with someone the other day and it came down to wisdom gained about each persons personal creative outlet. And too many people don’t have a creative outlet because they are worried about what everyone else will think!
So glad I found you via twitter (thanks for the retweet!) on this fun A to Z journey! I look forward to more of your posts.
Thanks so much, Cascadian Nomads! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. As you said, there are many ways to show your creativity, and I’ll be exploring that this month!
I know I personally have “not enough” moments, which does cause my level of creativity to plummet. I’m looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on the subject. 🙂
Thank you, DL! I enjoyed your post on Audience Engagement as well!
I’m seconding the love of this sentiment: “Originality: that means “you.” Each of you is an original, and what you create can be original, too, if it comes from your heart, your soul, your brain.”
Excellent words to read and take to heart. Thank you for sharing them.
Ashtoreth, thanks so much for reading and for you kind words!