We’re all creatives.
I’ve been thinking of this recently – even more than usual – given that we’re all in quarantine due to the pandemic with more time on our hands – or at least a different kind of time on our hands. Our routines and schedules have been upended.
This is the perfect scenario for the flow of creativity.
I’ve heard from several people recently about how the impulse to create has swelled up inside them, but they’re feeling stuck. As I wrote in a post in February, before COVID-19 changed our lives, inspiration is a myth. (I also think writer’s block – or any creative block – is a myth.)
I get that people feel blocked, but I think part of the problem with the concept of the myth is that it’s based on misconceptions about what creativity is and what it looks like.
Below, I offer some quotes on creativity. I hope they shift or shake up any misconceptions you have about what it means to be creative.
So you can create.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.”
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.”
“Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
Edward de Bono
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
“The creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything.”
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.”
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent Van Gogh
“To speak of creativity is to speak of profound intimacy. It is also to speak of our connecting to the Divine in us and of our bringing the Divine back to the community.”
“In the end, there is no ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn’t scare you, doesn’t shut you down. It should make you want to be there, and once you find it, stick with it.”
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
“Creativity is an energy. It’s a precious energy, and it’s something to be protected.”
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas”
“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.”
“Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”
“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”
Cecil B. DeMille
“I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art.”
“Creativity takes courage.”
“To be creative means to be in love with life.”
“The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements.”