Why do you write, sculpt, paint, create music, anything really? What makes you write, draw, design things, create? I was minding my own business, catching up on the WP Daily Post prompts, when my eyes settled on the post The Impulse To Create by Daryl L. L. Houston. Initially, I didn’t want to respond to it; too much work, I thought. But after I left the post and wandered on to visit other blogs, the question he raised – What makes you want to write? – lingered on my mind.
Sure, a quick answer that came to mind was obvious… I write this blog because I signed up for the 2011 challenge. True, but not entirely… I started this blog before the challenge. So why then? I asked myself. I write because an idea, an inspiration, a point of view, a story is begging to be shared… So? Then I read Bradbury’s quote/comment below and thought… Oh, Oh! Thinking is the enemy of creativity? Hmmm… Okay, I write because I must.
“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.” Ray Bradbury
Seriously, when I put a post together, it might begin with an idea that was triggered by a prompt or an event or a conversation in my life… Sometimes, when I listen to music or hear a song on the radio or look out my window to nature, I feel an impulse take hold; urging me to follow what I see, hear, or do and write on it. At times, the topic presents itself on a whim; a casual word, a question posed by another, and I’m off and running with my muse to complete it… I write because I must.
“Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true, but its father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife” Jonathan Schattke
For instance, I was visiting Maria’s blog, Enermazing.com, today and read a post in which she had a picture of a cactus with a smile. It triggered something in me and part of my comment was: “Sometimes, I wonder what my plants would say to me if they could talk… I have one in particular that has moved with me for many, many years. I look at it and marvel because it was a rejected plant tossed out of a friend’s dorm room. I picked it up and nursed it back to life and it grew and grew…” As I wrote my comment, it occurred to me that a post on my beloved plant might make good copy. It’s been with me for years, has moved everywhere with me, and it’s still alive. Now that’s something to pursue if I trust the process… What about you, what makes you write? How do you create? 🙂
“Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility…” Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The creative process is both complex and fascinating, and even though we might not have all the answers on what makes the process work, I agree with Rita Mae that trust is a key factor. Trusting our inner promptings and following them is an important first step, a vital starting point; the rest demands lots of work… The book shown above – One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir – by Binyavanga Wainaina is brilliant. I’ll recommend you read it. It is a work of creative genius… What are your thoughts? What makes you want to write? What stands in the way? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: The Impulse to Create: Did you ever stop to think about what it is that makes you want to write, whether on a blog or for a magazine or in secret notebooks you hide in your nightstand?
Positive Motivation Tip: Follow your muse and create…
- The Impulse to Create (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- The Impulse To Create (lexxascorner.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: Tuning Out, Turning In… (eof737.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photos Reclining Figure by Henry Moore, Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso via Wikipedia. Colored Family Tree Gelede by Sokari Douglas Camp via Galerie Herrmann, and cover of book by Binyavanga Wainaina via indiebound.org