The Creativity Myth

Creativity A lot of people seem to believe that creativity is some sort of mysterious, magical superpower that only a few special people are imbued with.

That’s a myth.

I think everyone is creative to some degree. I believe that we all have been created by a creative God, and part of being made “in His image” (Genesis 1:27) is that we too are creative.

Practice

I also believe that creativity is a skill that can be developed and strengthened and honed. You can practice being creative just like you can practice swishing free throws, or making an omelette, or closing a sale. The skill might come more naturally to some people than others, but it can be improved in anyone.

Believe

The first step is believing it. If you keep protesting, “Oh, I could never write a poem/brochure/report/novel/case study/news release—I’m just not creative!”—well, then you never will.

Don’t fall for the Creativity Myth.

You. Are. Creative.

Believe it.

Create

Then go create.

Then do it again.

And again.

Ask for feedback.

Don’t be afraid of failure.

Keep learning and trying and doing.

It’s hard work.

But it can be done.

12 thoughts on “The Creativity Myth”

  1. I think that there is a lot of creativity in accounting and preparing taxes. Creativity is not just limited to the “arts”. I agree everyone can be creative.

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  2. No surprise that I agree! This is a message all should see and put into practice; especially in the visual arts, where art and craft supplies are used. ;) Thanks Melanie!

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  3. Great post, Melanie! I love being creative with cooking and baking. Making healthier food choices has brought a whole new dimension to that! Quinoa anyone?
    And then there is a great pleasure of mine called “Switch Around the Knickknacks.” Does anyone else play that creative game?

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    • Ann, I always appreciate hearing from people who like to be creative with cooking—because I like to be creative with eating! And, um, no, I have never heard of “Switch Around the Knickknacks,” although it sounds like what I do when I’m dusting. :)

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  4. My creativity has been expressed by using hand tools, and building materials. For me there is a beauty in a well finished construction project.

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