To live creatively is to be open-minded about where to draw your inspiration from. Everything and everyone is capable of being a muse for a creative piece; be it a painting, manuscript, song lyrics or music composition, you name it.
So when we run out of ideas or suffer the community disease called the ‘writer’s block’, it’s not because the ideas for creating something have literally been exhausted; it’s probably because we are mentally strained to draw out the inspiration from around us.
It’s not easy having to keep your creative hat on all the time; life and its demands can put a toil on you and significantly reduce your creative capacity especially when you really need to be high on creativity.
Hence, for me, I do my best to take it easy. One day at a time. When I’m able to churn out something, hallelujah. If I’m not, I don’t beat myself about it. If God gifts me another day, I’ll try again.
One thing that keeps me going is to constantly remind myself that I don’t just do creative; I am a creative. It’s not what I do in my leisure time; it’s who I am, who I was created to be. If you do make time to admire nature, you can’t help but wonder what a Master Creator He is. If I am made in His image, then I carry a deposit of God’s nature which is His Creativity.
Another thing that keeps my creative sense activated (most of the time) is to think about what I’d like to write about. I think of catchy phrases, central plot and ending note so that when I do get the chance to write, the ideas flow more easily than if I start writing with a blank mind.
Creativity isn’t an event to attend; or an haute fashion outfit to ‘try on’, it’s a personal thing. The same way all Christians relate to God personally, the same principles apply when keeping in touch with your creative side. However you try to hone your craft, that’s up to you but be sure it is adding value to your life and not making you question your essence without it.
Keep creating! The world needs you to!
© Josephine Amoako 2021