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Webster defines creative as:
1.) Creating, or the ability to create.
2.) Stimulating the imagination.
3.) The ability to blend different elements to create a new entity.
Creative thinkers are able to put ideas together in new or unique ways.
We often think of artist, musicians, and writers as creative people. When actually, what these people did was work hard to develop their passion for art, music, and reading. Without creative thinking we wouldn’t have Van Gogh, Bach, or Dickens.
I’ve heard people say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” I don’t believe that’s true. Just because you’re not famous, doesn’t mean you lack creativity. Whenever you decorate your home, pick out clothes, plan meals or add that extra ingredient to a recipe, you’re following the definition of creative thinking above, “Putting ideas together in a new or unique way.”
Creative thinking starts when we’re young. For instance, toddlers are very creative. They constantly talk to imaginary people on a toy phone. Much the same way writers interact with imaginary characters. Toddlers can pull out their mother’s pots and pans, cook a meal and feed it to their teddy bear, all with their imaginations.
As we grow up, our creativity sometimes becomes inhibited because we fear failure or looking foolish. Fear is probably one of the biggest factors for not pursuing our dreams. As a writer, at times I’ve experienced an almost debilitating fear of never getting published. To get back to writing, I’ll read a book on craft, or take a short class. For me, it’s like a confidence boosting prescription that squashes fear. There’s a new writer’s term for you, (fear-squasher!)
It’s important to encourage a child's imagination. Their creativity develops through play, even if it’s something as simple as coloring, listening to music, a story, or playing with legos. To nurture a child’s interest or passion, is giving them courage to become great. And let's face it, we all need a little greatness in our lives.
I’d love to know what activities you use to eliminate fear. No matter what people say about fear, it’s one thing we all have in common.
Until next time,