I would define creativity, in the simplest terms, as one’s ability to use their imagination and create. I know that, personally, I feel the most creative when I have an idea that I am passionate about or when I am working on a personal project. I know that others feel the most creative when they can dive into the deepest parts of their mind and bring it to life in the best way that they know how.
I would say that confidence is important in writing because if you don’t believe in what you are writing, how can you expect your reader to believe in what you are writing? You have to take yourself as seriously as you want your readers to take you. I feel like when you are writing you should always instill the confidence in yourself to know that the work that you are putting out there is good and is worth reading.
I believe that writing confidence can be built by practicing your writing whenever you get the chance to do so. This could be executed in many different ways. Creative writing is a great way to build confidence in writing because you are writing your own stories and your own truth. Another great way to build confidence in writing is keeping a journal or a diary and writing in it for your own personal enjoyment. This is a great way to build confidence in writing because you are not only getting experience writing, you are also expressing your own thoughts and feelings, which can be beneficial for your mental and physical well being. Another way to build confidence in writing is to have people review your writing. This could be done via a peer review type set up, or by a friend or family member. Sometimes having someone tell you what you did right, or even what you could improve upon is the best way to grow as a writer.
Something that I genuinely enjoy doing is spending time with my family and friends. I feel as though I could bring this into my work by using my experiences with my family and friends as real world examples when it is fit to do so in my writing. I love real world examples because they help to bring the information to life in a way that makes it easier to understand.
The number one that stood out to me from the book Steal Like an Artist was “Be nice (the world is a small town). I know that it doesn’t have much to do with writing, but I really enjoyed the philosophy of treating the entire world as though it is a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Being nice is so important because you really don’t know what people are going through behind the scenes, and what you know about the situation is only a fraction of what may actually be going on all together. I do think that this can be tied to writing in the sense that when we are reviewing each other’s work we need to be able to do so in a way that is constructive, but not hurtful. We should be able to critique someone else’s work without tearing it down.
One thing from the book that I disagree with is practicing productive procrastination. Let me add, however, that I only disagree with this point for me personally. I have seen others follow this and have wonderful things come out of it, but for me, any kind of procrastination is negative procrastination. This is because I know that there are things that I am supposed to be doing, and by putting them off I am just causing myself stress. I have never gotten a great idea out of procrastination, only stress. I do see how this would work for others, but it is just not my cup of tea.