I’d like to start with a couple of house keeping issues. Firstly, Thanks to Sue for inviting me along. Secondly, There’s no such thing as Scotch. It’s Whisky. Without the ‘e’.
Now that’s out of the way.
My name is John Merlin. I’m a 20 something, Brit who is now living in Florida. I write. I design. I code. I take photographs. How good am I at any or all of these? That depends entirely on how much exposure you have to each of those disciplines and what day you’ve caught me on. I “won” NaNoWriMo in 2010 with a novel about zombies in New York. It’s not available yet as editing is my weakness. I’ve a degree in Web Technology, which means I can build you a website from logo design through to server management. A photo I took whilst at a Cubs game in 2009 was published on the Schmap website.
But that’s who I am.
It doesn’t tell you what creativity means to me.
To be creative is to see another way of doing things. This could be anything from finding an alternate route to work, to putting a twist on a familiar story. If you’re finding a new way to do an old thing, that’s being creative. You don’t have to be painting masterpieces or writing the next best seller. You just have to think differently.
An example of this from my younger days was when I was playing Delta Force: Task Force Dagger. It’s a game noted for two things: 1) It was the first video game to be set in an ongoing conflict 2) It had more shades of brown than any game, ever. It’s a very typical shooter: Go here, kill him, blow up this, go there, make your escape. But the suggested routes never seemed to work for me. So whilst people were saying how they completed level X in 10 minutes, I was taking that 10 minutes to get to the vantage point, overlooking the encampment. Often it meant long treks through very brown mountains.
But it was creative.
What does this mean for most people? Firstly it means that a larger number of people can call themselves creative. It also means opportunities for being creative are all around us. So grab your camera, pick up that joypad, alter that recipe, or even just look at that map and work out how you can avoid that five minute traffic light you always catch.