Wednesday On Writing: Creating Things

Summer Sale!! During the month of July, all my books and stories will be on sale at SmashwordsThree, including the first two stories in my urban fantasy series, The Yo-Yo Files, are free. My short fantasy collection is half off, as is my latest sci-fi novel, Two’s Company. My first novel, Circle Unbroken, is at even more of a discount. Ebooks are available in many formats. The sale begins July 1 and ends July 31. I hope you find something that interests you, and please tell your friends.

Creativity. It’s kind of a loaded word, isn’t it? There are a lot people who say things like “Oh, I couldn’t do that. I’m not the creative type.” But, is that really true? We often think of creativity in terms of art: painter, sculptors, writers, musicians, et cetera. I think this is a pretty narrow definition. When you really think about it, most of us are creative in some way. Do you like to cook and come up with your own recipes? Creativity. Do you design things for a living (electronics, software, buildings, whatever)? Creativity. Plan and grow a garden? Creativity. See? There are lots of things that can be called creative.

Okay, so we now realize that we are all creative. Does that mean you have to stick to the thing you are best at? Not at all. Creativity is like any other part of you- it needs working on and stretching to stay at its best. If you only use your creative ability in one area, you risk getting a bit stale and predictive. So, what to do?

Get risky. Try something new. Always wanted to paint? There are lots of beginner kits in all sorts of media you can get. Love music? Take a few lessons on your favorite instrument, or get a self-teaching course. Lots of those out there, too. Like to eat? Start learning to cook and how to make your own recipes. Try one. Or all. You may not be good at everything, but every time you try a new creative outlet, you are expanding your ability in all aspects of your life.

Oh, and you know what else? It’s okay to suck at the things you try. And to keep doing them anyway, if it is something you enjoy. You don’t have to be Julia Child or Monet or Beethoven to enjoy something. Just try it. You might actually surprise yourself and find a new hobby in the meantime.

So, go out and create something today. Or tomorrow. Create it, even if it sucks.

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