Creativity is an interesting concept to me and comes in tons of shapes and sizes. Creativity can refer your individual form of self-expression like painting or playing an instrument. I feel like this is largely what most people associate an individuals level of creativity with, their ability to draw, or paint, or just create a new abstract piece of literature like a poem. But as time progresses I’ve come to realize that creativity is not limited to that of artistic pursuits or endeavors, it also largely entails critical thinking to solve a problem, applying that critical thought to other problems at hand, and also simply discovering new problems to deal with. It entails discovering new ways to efficiently resolve age old issues. Creativity is every bit as practical and functional as it is new and exciting. Every piece of manmade technology today began as an original thought in a persons head who ultimately elected to either use their developed intelligence or instinct to solve a problem or innovate. That said, if asked to describe creativity I would personally define it as an original thought. Its very simple and just general enough to include every facet of creativity as creativity isn’t always inherently tangible.
As for confidence in writing I have a couple tried and true methods, one that’s incredibly simple and has always proven effective for me that allows me to confidently send emails, texts, talk over the phone, submit papers, etc. Two strategies I always use, both of which are very simple, involve just reading my writing out loud and then writing as if I was in direct dialogue with my audience. Reading your writing out loud is huge for catching small grammatical and organizational flaws. It really helps you put your best foot forward with the flow and wording of your article and really encourages more of a conversational tone as well. It keeps things formal enough to be informative but informal enough to permit dialogue and maintain the audiences attention. I find that its an incredibly useful strategy for nearly all writing applications and can genuinely boost your confidence. As for the conversational tone, its always been easiest for me to “talk” literally when conveying a message or attempting to communicate. So when typing on a computer or cellular device, I always subconsciously end up “talking into my phone”. Its very similar to the microphone function most smartphones have long their standard keyboards, the “talk to type” function. In essence, that’s how I begin nearly all of my drafts which has increased my level of confidence in my communication a ton, particularly once I’ve gotten to college. These are two strategies definitely worth checking out.
As I mentioned in my introductory blog, my relationship with writing has a bit of a strange dynamic. I don’t often put much thought into further developing my writing habits. Really, something I enjoy doing is just simply being social and talking to people. In a sense, I suppose I take my social nature and incorporate it into my style of writing as I’ve mentioned in my two tips for increasing confidence. Using my laid back, and more conversational tone in real life has likely transferred over to my “style” of writing as well.
My main takeaway from “Steal Like an Artist” was the emphasis on intentional procrastination. I do not recall what the book refers to it as verbatim, but I believe (from a mental health standpoint, which is mostly how I practice it) it coincides with my personal belief system in that it promotes ones ability to pace themselves. I think being able to stand back and take a moment to yourself is huge.
As for my disagreements, I strongly disagree that no thought is an original thought. That all thoughts have been previously thought of by someone else or that each new idea is simply a branch growing off of another thought or idea. I personally thought that was wrong as I conceive plenty of original thoughts on my own each day. But I’m afraid I’m going well over the 500 word limit so unfortunately I’m not able to delve into that. Thanks!