‘Creative People Are 1)… 2)…’ no No NO!

So, *inhale* Okay.

First things first (I’m a realist, guess the reference, if you get it, sorry), I love creativity, and creative people. I don’t disagree with that. It’s just this post on 9Gag that irritated me:

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Rant Introduction: There are a number of reasons why I don’t necessarily agree with list. I would like to think I am a creative person, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing the content I am, or this blog. In fact, EVERYONE who has a blog or a website is creative so pat on the pack to you, readers, you’re creative. Back to my point, I think I’m a creative person so let’s go through the list in terms of ME:

1) Easily Bored

True, but that is for another reason I won’t go into right now. I do get easily bored but being so doesn’t mean you’re mind goes actively into a creative drive. Also, if I was easily bored with the creative work I did in art, that was essentially threatening the quality of my work. Having to start again because I was easily bored especially would have been deadly to my art exam. When it comes to my projects, I engage them as long as possible until there is no where to take it forward or there is no longer any point because no creative drive can be put into it. Some people might bet ‘easily bored’ interns of creative activity and want to engage in something, great. But this can be a problem from time to time. This is too vague in terms of what can bore someone and what people do in order to control, deal or combat their boredom.

2) Risk Takers

I’m not a risk taker in the extreme. I don’t actively want to jump off a cliff because that is a risk-taking activity especially. Again, vague. I am though a ‘risk-taker’ where I took the chance to write articles even though I was at the time pushing a boundary and thought ‘does anyone really care?’ I did it and I’m glad I did. But this wasn’t for me ‘taking a risk.’ Also, being a risk taker is fine, but I think occupations and careers involved in creativity or hold hold their own risks in their own shape and form. Everyone should push boundaries and that can take them forwardly creatively or not, but risk-taking is not a direct quality I find in anyone I know who are extremely creative people apart from being in/wanting a profession that initially lacks financial stability.

3) Colours Outside The Lines

I would like to think I do, but what does this really mean for individuals. In terms of a colouring book, I always wanted to keep in the lines, just because I did doesn’t mean it predicted my creativity thermostat would be set to low. I don’t know how much of that was metaphorical or not, but hopefully the drift has been caught. If it means pushing boundaries set, anyone can do that if they set their mind to it, but it doesn’t label anyone per-ce as a creative person. Almost every contemporary artist and anti-artist ‘colour outside the lines’ but in today’s modern age where an un-made bed is art (not dissing, promise), what does it take to be the one artist in the world that is truly creative because they have ‘coloured outside the lines?’ There are too many people like them to just it is only creative people who can do that.

4) Think With Their Heart

I think this goes without saying but EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD THINK WITH THEIR HEARTS, WE’RE HUMAN, NOT STUFFED ANIMALS! Saying this only applies to ‘creative people’ is just…No.

5) Makes Lots of Mistakes

See point 4. Not only that, but if someone accidentally got pregnant (opinions aside for this point), or repeatedly added salt to their tea and not sugar (don’t ask me how unless it was a cruel prank), or wrote ‘withe’ by mistake because they automatically go to ‘the’ when writing ‘th’ in ‘with,’ or keeps making the same mathematical mistake, does not automatically make someone a ‘creative person.’ Mistakes can lead to inspiration and/or creative drive, but sometime mistakes are just mistakes and not necessarily worth being called ‘creative’ because they just aren’t. Everyone makes mistakes, this isn’t an exclusive phenomenon.

6) Hate the Rules

Hate is such a strong word. Some rules are actually there in place for a reason. Someone hating a rule such as anything do to with crime and/or punishment (again, opinions aside about this, just using an example), does not mean ‘creative person.’ What is wrong with liking or in better word not hating the rules. And what ‘rules’ are they suggesting, the rues of previous creators that have been broken *cough cough i.e. impressionist, expressionists, pre-Raphaelites etc etc cough*? The rules as in the law (touchy ground so won’t go into too much detail about)? Unspoken social rules? What rules? Again, too vague to be taken literally and exclusively for ‘creative people.’

7) Work Independently

A lot of people sometimes work independently, but do they have to in order to be creative? Really. I made for me the most impressive and imaginative piece of work I have ever done at the time and that was a joint effort with a great friend of mine (I want to say best friend). So, because I didn’t work independently, had someone to bounce of ideas, share thoughts and develop an epic installation like this (my own photograph but I do have better ones),

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means in terms of the criteria we weren’t to be called ‘creative people?’ A stretch of an argument and yes, an irrational point, but extremes are sometimes used in order to make an argument despite its flaws. Just like now. Whoops… Although sometimes being a lone wolf with work can help with a creative process, but being in a team is just as effective, depend on who you are. Note: Matisse in his later life had assistants because he was ill, but still created ground-braking art in ‘drawing with scissors. His thoughts were independent in the process but the work wouldn’t be the same without people helping. Not being a lone wolf all the time is a great thing in nice doses. So is just being lone in your thoughts. If I worked independently in my writing such as the articles I had written for my college, I would have had just words on a page not making sense, we need other people to either confirm our thoughts or challenge them and make ourselves better. And this is again, not exclusive to creative people. Do we have to work independently to be creative?

8) Change Their Mind A Lot

Sometimes for me I keep changing my mind, sometimes I am firm with a decision and stick to the decision it’s the best decision. Changing your mind a lot isn’t exclusive to ‘creative people.’ Sometimes changing a mind leads to better ideas and projects and sometimes if you don’t, it doesn’t make you not a ‘creative person.’ Nuff said.

9) Have A Reputation For Being Eccentric

Really? Do they have to in order to be a ‘creative person?’ How can you judge eccentricity now? Mentally? Emotionally? Physically? What? You can be eccentric but have the creativity of a walnut (the first thing that came into my mind, walnuts can be if they want to, I’m not judging). You can be extremely creative but not look/appear/be (if possible) eccentric at all. Also, everyone is special and unique. Who the hell is normal now? Who? Therefore who can we tell is ‘eccentric’ when normality is not considered to be accepted in our everyday lives as an actual norm? I’m getting off-tangent into a paradox now but the argument is that being eccentric does not make you creative, nor is not being eccentric not make you creative. Finally,

10) Dream BIG

I think this is the only one that I can truly agree with really. The only criteria is any for anyone to be a creative person is to dream big, that means all the other things along with it are just extension and/or things that occur during the creative process or the journey to reaching that big dream. Doesn’t matter is the big dream is small to others, different goals with different ‘sizes’ matter to different people. Ambition leads to creativity, you aren’t born with it, you develop and grow with creativity if you allow yourself to think and/or dream big. This is the real argument of this post. You don’t need a criteria in order to be a creative person, you don’t need to re-assure yourself with a list that you are or are not creative or what level, be you and see how the journey goes. And note, ‘big’ is in capitals just to point out, not just big, but BIG, interpret it however you please, that’s creative (eh? eh? no? ok.)

Rant Conclusion (if any): Lists like these can apply to anyone and that is good and bad. It can be positive to reassure you are a creative person, but could lead to disheartening someone into thinking whether they are or should be creative. You don’t HAVE to be, but being creative is a beautiful mindset. You don’t need to tick all the boxes and everything mention has an extent with my opinion attached to it, so it carries a ‘not necessarily’ that should be considered when reading anything like this. I know it took a long ramble to get to this paragraph which, in Heinz sight, is all that matters in this post. But I think explaining it point by point can show why I wasn’t too happy to read this post, because it is things like that which can put people in boxes and labels which aren’t necessary.

Please give your arguments and opinions, I am okay with being told I’m wrong and get the discussion moving about creativity and being a ‘creative person.’ You won’t be able to see me cry behind a laptop screen (I kid). Did I say ‘creative’ enough in this post?

DNF a Book

I am the poster-girl for not finishing books. Mainly due to time management between education and mental breaks, but this summer means no excuse…in theory *damn you YouTube!* This post just makes me happy I’m not the only one, and that there is an acronym for it.

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DNF

I remember the first time I saw the acronym in a Twitter conversation between an editor and an author. I politely intruded to ask what it meant.

Did. Not. Finish.

What? Read a book and not finish it? Back then, I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the concept. I was fairly new to the romance genre at the time and was thoroughly enjoying everything I was reading. Prior to that, my love of reading had taken a back seat to my life as a working mom and a visually impaired person who struggled to read small print. Then came the Kindle and my reading addiction kicked into high gear. Not finish a book? Perish the thought! These days I’m an avid reader and more than one book has moved to my DNF list. In the last six months, I’ve had two…

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A Blogger’s Identity

Hello Readers, I think is it is time for a rant just all about me now so strap in and fingers crossed it is somewhat coherent.

If you are actually keeping up with my blog posts and haven’t got bored from the lack of posts currently, well done. I am grateful even though this is early days and I sound quite narcissistic for even thinking that people are even going to read this or even care. As I have said in a previous post The Late Blogger, I go through moments when it is just nothing but blog ideas and things I could write about but struggle getting one complete. I have discovered another level for me to this: my website identity.

As I have said already, this is early days to even discuss this considering the one post I really want to get done by the end of the month seems to have a slippery goal with the amount of time I have spent doing other things, including other creative things. The problem has occurred when to get inspiration from other bogs and websites, I looked at all the blogs and websites I like. This includes art and books and writing, but it also included nail art and beauty (which in honesty only included lipsticks, skin care and nail colours because that is as far as my ‘beauty’ goes). Now, this was problematic for me because I thought that since this was my space to put what I want on, I include all my interests. Earlier in the month, I asked one my best friends (bad choice from the start because she is into beauty and nail-stuff) if I should do a page about my ‘beauty essentials,’ one like my Reading List (plug) I would update as I go along. I started the process and three products in, I was thinking, ‘Do I really need to do this?’ It was something I thought could be interesting and useful, but it was something I didn’t really have the same heart in. I go through craft blogs and jewellery making blogs and think ‘Why don’t I post some of he jewellery I make and any tips I have for beginners.’ But, as if I was having a moment of epiphany, I thought about how all the things I have just mentioned, are only extensions of me.

I adore going to craft and seeing all the handmade things but I haven’t dedicated my life to hand made things or even beauty. In other words, I didn’t identify that genre to lead directly to who I was as a person and where I wanted to take my life. It was like I imagined myself doing ceramics or fine art but fine art is a close-second passion of mine to writing, but I knew in my heart that English was what I truely wanted to do (with art being the hobby I might spend too much time on instead of studying).

I think because I was adding ideas such as ‘how to to use crimps,’ ‘my top nail colours,’ and tasks such as ‘take picture of latest necklace done,’ that…*sigh* I wasn’t necessarily lost but I realised that I didn’t want to be a beauty or craft blogger, I want those to be as they are in my life: only an extension to myself. I want my blog to be me, my brain written down, my key interests and thoughts I thought was interesting enough to share on the internet and only extensions to be known in random conversation. ‘Oh, you do jewellery making?’ Yes, I do. It doesn’t mean I don’t identify with it, but it isn’t the immediate thing I list as a key interest of mine.

I think it’s a bit early to pinhole my website, but for me I need to do that otherwise my website is going to be as cluttered as my head, it isn’t going to make much sense anymore and I question why I am even writing a post in the first place.

If you have read this post until the end, thank you. I think you have great will power. Again, I assume anyone is actually going to read this. Anyway, I want to see if my imaginary readers are real and see if they would like to comment their moments of questioning where their blog was going. Also as a bonus: thoughts about creative writing of my dreams and how I felt after having the dream? Yes? No? Readers, let me know you do read this and please reassure me this is actually a good idea.

01/08/15 update: Hello, I just also want to point to anyone confused about their identity when I was responding to a comment on this post: what makes you want to write? What seems the most effortless to write? What pattern is in your writing i.e. tone, style, content etc. And most importantly: why are you writing in the first place? Some people will read you work so think what do you want people to read that has your name on it? Why write at all? With this, I think the blogger’s identity will follow.

The late Blogger

Hello Readers,

This is going to be more of a disclaimer than anything else. I know sometimes the point of blogging is to create posts in-the-moment whilst at the same time bringing quality. I know that my followers are posting quality stuff regularly and I haven’t done the same thing even though reading the posts gives me the boost and encouragement to write. However, I am going to be posting blogs sometimes everyday, one at a time within a day or even after a week. I think we can all agree that we go into periods of blogging or not. I do have a list of titles that are currently in draft mode and I think that is problem one. Having so many ideas to write I forget some I have been working on or have lost the creative and work on it after days starting it. That just happens. Another problems is because I am reading quality posts, that encouragement to do the same means I want to take longer and more time with those ideas, incubate them and try to get the most out of a post until I think personally is it ready to be published and seen by anyone. Even with articles, I want to find relevant research to decide whether it should be included or not.

So in other words, if you don’t see a post from me in a while, I might be working on a particular blog or I’m just giving myself time to do other things (as said in my ‘About’ I am on my way to becoming a debt-ridden University student so there is going to be prep for that and after the summer actual studying that will be in the way, sorry for the long parenthesis, sorry for saying sorry and making the parenthesis longer…oops (Britney: I did it again!)) such as good ol’ procrastination, other tasks or just taking a break from everything (I like days doing nothing but film marathons and taking an hour to read a single page in a novel because I can’t pick the right song to fit the mood after three/four minutes, sue me (please don’t though, as I’ve said, debt-ridden-uni-student-to-be)).

I will blog, trust me. I’m won’t be on hiatus (yet).

(P.S. sorry for the over-use of parenthesis (please note the irony in this, very happy chappy if you did), and sorry for this one too, how many times should I say sorry? Do I sound stereotypically like the British-polite-type yet?)