Creativity Does It Differently
March 11, 2014

Creativity Does It Differently

Many people see themselves as creative, while others want nothing more than to be creative, yet feel they are not. Others, still, find creativity flippant and un-valuable. In today’s world, much would be lost without the creative types. Artists and writers and creatives all around may seem weird or on their own planet, but they contribute much to the world, society, communities, and relationships.

The truth is that creativity is simply hard to pin down and understand. One Huffington Post article explains, “creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.” Moreover, the creative types compound the difficulty in understanding creativity because they are “complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine.” Despite all of this, the article does explain some traits and actions that creative people do differently from others. Let’s take a look at some of these.

1) They daydream

One characteristic of creatives is that they daydream. This is not a matter of distraction; rather, it is a matter of inspiration. The article explains that creative types do not see daydreaming as a waste of time because their creative ideas often pop up out of the blue. Daydreaming helps to foster this.

2) They observe…everything.

Creative people see inspiration in everything around them. They notice little details while also seeing the “big picture” because they are constantly watching, seeking, inspiration in all moments and experiences. Along these lines, they also people watch. People watching is not about nosiness for the creative mind. It is an action about observing, paying witness, and seeking inspiration. Always with the inspiration.

3) They work the hours that best work for them.

Instead of being confined to a 9-5 schedule, creative minds will work when they feel best inspired and ready. For some that is early in the morning; others do so midday, and some work best late at night. Some get up early, early morning, work for a few hours, go back to bed for a few hours, and get up and do the rest of their lives or work more. For the creative mind, work is not about strict times. Work is about when it is best for them.

4) They take time for solitude, but they also get out of their own heads.

That is right; the creative people take time regularly to be by themselves. They think, create, meditate, or just rest, but they do so all alone with no one else. They often receive the unwarranted title of “loner,” but the truth is that in solitude they connect with their inner core. The creative person allows time to herself to let her mind wander and not be confined by socializing.

However, creative minds do not stay in solitude. Oh no. The creative person seeks other perspectives and ideas. Daydreaming often plays its role in this as does experiencing life.

5) They seek new experiences and take risks.

Instead of just being “safe,” a creative mind looks to do something new and different. Oftentimes, this leads to risk taking, which they are not afraid of. These experiences contribute much in terms of inspiration and creative output. Plus, they are just fun.

The article discussed 10 other things that creative types do differently. These include the following:

  • They turn life’s obstacles around.
  • They “fail up.”
  • They ask the big questions.
  • They view all of life as an opportunity for self-expression.
  • They follow their true passions.
  • They lose track of time.
  • They surround themselves with beauty.
  • They connect the dots.
  • They constantly shake things up.
  • They make time for mindfulness.

Creativity plays an important role in every culture. Understanding the creative people will help others understand the importance.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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