I believe, wholeheartedly, that we are creative beings. We all have a need to create. Even if you don’t think you are creative, I can guarantee that you create daily. I create with stained glass, cooking, baking, sewing, crochet, knitting, stamps, markers, paper, watercolours, journaling, photos. All easily recognizable as creative. However, I also create order from chaos, by tidying up my linen closet or medicine cabinet. I create cleanliness and health by cleaning and bleaching counter tops and fixtures. I create polite children by reminding them to say please, thank you and excuse me. I create relationships by caring about friends and honestly asking how they are, cheering them on when they are low and congratulating them when they have successes. You may create computer programs, tumour free patients, automobiles, standard operating procedures, or strong customer relations. Whatever you do, big and small, daily, you are creating.
Now, inspiration, I believe, is much rarer. It glints through windows like sporadic sunbeams. It can interrupt a perfectly normal moment and demand attention. I’ve been standing, waiting for my Starbucks, when the layout of a display hits me. Or in line at the supermarket, when the colours from a tin of soup demand to be replicated with my markers. Some may hear a snippet of conversation and a new character is born, bossy and invasive. Others read a story and colours start to creep out, only to be captured in dyed yarn colourways. Like anything that is rare, inspiration should be treasured. However, we must remember that it is not a requirement of creativity. We can create from pure determination, act of will. It might not be a masterpiece, or a favourite work, it might get edited out of the final draft, but it was created all the same. That is the key. To create. Just do it. Do whatever it is you do. And the more you do, the better your work will be, even without that mystical muse inspiring you.