Writers: Find Creativity or Let It Find You

Sometimes it’s better not to talk to a relative or close friend about your goal to pursue creativity. They’ll talk you out of it or they’ll say creativity can wait until you’re retired.
They’ll talk about how it’s impractical to be creative.

What if you told them you’ll just devote a half hour a day to it for your entire life? Would that make them, and you, feel better? Or, what if you told them you’ll mine creative thoughts while you’re waiting in line at the post office, grocery store, or going about your errands?

You needn’t quit your day job or stop raising your kids to be involved in creative projects. You just need to be organized and set aside some time to do it. If something urgent comes up, you can drop whatever creative project you’re doing. But, the inspiration to be creative can be seen, felt, and heard during moments of the day.

Have you, for example, ever talked to an artist-friend about your desire to pursue a creative path? You should! Speaking to an artist, for example, can help you set goals for yourself as a writer.

At various times during my life, I’ve collected quotes on creativity by accomplished people and put them in a file to re-read when I get discouraged or have dry spells.

1) Creativity takes courage.–Henri Matisse

2) To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.–Joseph Chilton Pearce

3) Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.–Bill Moyers

4) Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.–Gail Sheehy

5) I think most serious writers, certainly in the modern period, use their own lives or the lives of people close to them or lives they have heard about as the raw material for their creativity.–Chaim Potok

What Bill Moyers says, particularly makes sense, as sometimes creativity seems to find me. I often find the marvelous in something mundane. That’s why I write haiku– that captures the moment– besides other types of poetry and short stories. I write haiku in my head at different points during the day, while I’m waiting in line or commuting. I write long poems in my head while I’m exercising. Yesterday, I was out walking at dusk, and I was inspired to write a long poem on autumn wind. It was such a beautiful scene with crimson and gold leaves falling.

What Chaim Potok says, also makes me believe that creativity, in a sense, finds us. It’s always there with us, though we may not recognize the potential for it, until we commit ourselves to doing something creative. At that point, we draw upon our experiences that we’ve often considered mundane and never paid attention to.

Creativity is in your head and heart, and five senses, if you tune into them.

Everyone can be creative.

Copyright 2012 by Charlotte Digregorio.

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to Writers: Find Creativity or Let It Find You

  1. Wonderful, and I agree that “Everyone can be creative.” It took me time when I was young to learn – or relearn this truth. Blogging renewed my creative spirit, as one post at a time, when we have time, results in a beautiful presentation of our work. This genre, in my view, encourages growth and imperfection. I see so many people of all ages simply begin, and make a commitment to practice – photography, haiku, mixed-media art – so many forms. Thanks, Charlotte.


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