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Hope for the “Non-Creative”

So, you wish you were creative, but you just aren’t the creative type.

It’s not that you don’t like the idea of being creative, but you’ve never been able to “get there.”

Is creativity something that some people have, and others don’t? Is it something some lucky people are born with?

It sure seems that way sometimes, right? The good news is that you are a creative person, and it only takes a bit of work to start to focus that ability to create in a direction that is exciting, fulfilling and lets you see just how to grow as a creative.

If you don’t believe me, that’s okay. You don’t have to. You can stop reading now. But if you are still reading, the chances are that you are holding out hope that I actually have some secret that everyone else has missed that will allow you to instantly be able to draw, sing, compose, dance or whatever else comes to your mind when you use the term “create.”

Well, I’ve got good news. Not NEW news, just good news. Everything I’ll be sharing is already something many people know, so it’s really no big secret. However, if you want to be able to express yourself creatively, I will be showing you how to understand the way to do so effectively.

It begins with understanding the question. You are asking how to be creative, and that’s a fine question, just a bit incomplete. It’s like asking how to be good. How to be better. How to be the best.

Good at WHAT? Better than WHAT? The best WHAT?

TO be creative means that one creates. Creates WHAT? Well, that goes back to you. What do you WANT to create? A drawing? A dance? A building? A sonnet? A garment? A process? What?

But, let’s say you’ve answered that, you want to create a painting, for instance. Then you need to ask the next question: Why?

Do you have an emotion that is not being fully expressed, but you feel a painting will express it? Who are you trying to communicate with? Will art be the best form of communication with this audience, or should you try something else?

Do you want to sell paintings for money? Then, aren’t you actually trying to create wealth? Then learning to paint may be just getting in the way of your true desire.

Do you find yourself moved by paintings in a way that brings you to tears, fills you with joy, sadness, exuberance and/or emotions you find hard to describe, and you feel compelled to want to respond in the same medium? Well, then, perhaps you’ve found what you want to create.

So, before you start creating, and definitely before you decide that you’re not creative, it’s good to ask yourself the questions that clarify why and what you want to create.

If you’re thinking “What’s with all the introspection? Just grab a brush, some paint and start painting!” Then the likelihood is that you are already comfortable with the creative process, and this write-up isn’t for you.

If you’re thinking “I’ve already figured out what and why, and I’ve tried to do it, but I simply can’t put onto the canvas what I feel inside!” then take heart. There’s something you can do about it, no matter where you are in the process.

In fact, there are a number of things that can get in the way of being creative, if we let them, such as:

Lack of talent
Lack of ideas
Lack of motivation
Lack of resources
Lack of self-confidence
Lack of direction
and more

Don’t let these things worry you, though, they are only challenges, not deal-breakers. If you want to be creative, I’m here to tell you that you already are, and I can prove it. If you want to be MORE creative, I’ll be sharing many thoughts, perspectives, techniques and tricks that will help you boost your creativity, as well as showing you how to work around all of the obstacles listed above, and many more.

If all of this sounds like something that you want to share in, then great. Stay tuned. I plan on putting out a post at least once a week, and hopefully more as this project gets rolling.

If you have any specific questions, or would like advice on any aspect of creativity, feel free to let me know, and I’ll do my best to give you clear, functional advice.

Thanks so much for your time, and have an amazing day!

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