Thursday, October 10, 2013

On Creativity

I work much better when I'm surrounded with creativity.

My apartment is awash in other people's stories. There are rows and rows of books and movies and music. I hang other people's dreams and nightmares on my walls. I place their passions and hopes in fine display on my shelves.

When I'm crossed up, mentally battered, blocked or just not able to get in tune with my creative side, I turn to these items. Stare at a painting, listen to an album, re-read a favorite book that's going soft and worn from all my years of seeking inspiration in its pages.

In my experience, creativity feeds off creativity.

A painting inspires a short story. A short story inspires a film. Someone's photography inspires a poem that inspires a song that sparks a novel.

When we create something—on the smallest scale or the grandest—and put it out there for everyone to see, we cast an idea into the waters of human thought.

We create a ripple effect.

And who knows how long it will last or how long it will span?

Who knows what it will inspire?


L. M. Leffew said...

Agreed! As a writer, I only hope, that in some way, my work will be thought provoking to someone, however minute. Great post!

L. M. Leffew said...

This lifted up my spirits. Thank you so much for sharing

L. M. Leffew said...

Yes! This is so true, and it is a great reminder for what we can do when we feel "stuck."

L. M. Leffew said...

I'm glad. :)

L. M. Leffew said...

I've had the good fortune of inspiring some friends and people I've met through the internet (blogging, fandom, etc). It is quite gratifying. Even more gratifying when they, in turn, inspire you.

L. M. Leffew said...

Thanks for dropping by.

L. M. Leffew said...

This photo reminds me of the great I AM that is the creative force of the Universe and the source I align myself with every day. You've inspired me already with this post.

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