1.the state or quality of being creative.
2.the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.
3.the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.
1.the act of producing or causing to exist; the act of creating; engendering.
2.the fact of being created.
3.something that is or has been created.
Referenced from “The Basic Elements of Creativity,” from Everything is a Remix, Part 3
There are a lot of thoughts on just what creativity is, and what it means to create. From the definitions above to the Basic Elements graphic above, one can perceive creativity and the act of creation means: Anything you do that results in something that wasn’t there before, as being creative.
I tend to use the word creative as a proper noun, a descriptor of anyone who actively creates any manner of products. In my circle of associates, being a Creative means that you produce written works, podcasts, blogs, art, photographs, music, and also can include lending your voice to act out character roles in various productions to include podcast novels, audio dramas and any number of other works.
To me, creativity, and the act of creation is simple. If you actively work on or cause to exist, something that wasn’t there before you are being creative. You use your creativity to accomplish this.
I am blessed to know and even to have met some extraordinarily creative individuals over the course of the past five years. I never sought out people who could be considered artsy, or expressive, I just floated around from one group of friends to another all of my life. During my school years (grade school though college) I never stayed with any one group or clique. I found it stifling and to be honest, quite boring to hang out with the same people all of the time. By associating with nearly every group in school, I was able to witness something that most others never had to chance to understand.
Everyone is creative and has the potential to create.
Beneath the rote studies, individuality cleansing environment of my school lessons, I saw the glimmer of subjugated Creatives. People who had the ability and desire to release their imaginations with a pen, an instrument or their voice. Back then we didn’t have the kind of computers that are so readily available today. We didn’t have Smart phones or Play Stations, or even television shows or movies with brilliant special effects (until Star Wars came along).
I have had several discussions with my children lately about this very fact and they always ask the same thing. What did you do for fun? How did you call people? I once answered that we talked to our friends using long strings and paper cups, but that only earned me a stern look from my 10 year old daughter. Then I explained what a pay phone is/was. Her only response was that we couldn’t have been able to play games on those, and that they didn’t sound portable. We both laughed at this, but I’ve strayed off topic.
Look up from the screen you are reading this on for a minute. I’ll wait. Go look around you. Think about what you see. What’s going on? Tell me what you saw in the comments below. Don’t embellish. Don’t try to craft some beautiful words to the scene. Just write down what you saw. That’s it. I’ll be back with my response in a day or two.
Seriously. Go. Look. Write. I’ll respond. Pretend it’s a game. Trust me, it will be fun.