C- Creativity…Motivational Quotes A-Z Challenge.

“Creativity is not just for artists. It’s for business

people looking for a new way to close a sale; it’s for

engineers trying to solve a problem; it’s for parents

who want their children to see the world in more than

one way.”

-Twyla Tharp

Welcome back to my series on Motivational Quotes for writers and creatives. When it came to choosing a word for C, it was  a toss up between commitment and creativity and perhaps I should’ve gone for a different quotes from choreographer, Twyla Tharp:

“Creativity is a habit, and the best

creativity is the result of good work

habits.”

Twyla Tharp

Of course, commitment would be a good work habit.

Personally, I feel creativity also needs to involve some kind of spark, flair, magic. Of course, we all know that person who is as boring as bat shit and can suck the life out of even the most fascinating subject and conversely those creatives who take the most mundane and ordinary people and everyday processes, and zap them with some kind of magic wand which truly brings them to life. Produces gripping fascinating stories out of nothing. In this sense, creativity involves finding a kind of twist in the story. A perspective which is unique and breathes new life into something we’re head before…a little lateral thinking or honing in on an obscure detail or fact.

Acclaimed author, Elizabeth Gilbert also sees curiosity  as an important stepping stone towards creativity. This is a lengthy quote but well worth reading in full:

“I am a big advocate for the pursuit of curiosity. You’ve maybe heard me talk about this before? We are constantly being told to pursue our passions in life, but there are times when passion is a TALL ORDER, and really hard to reach. In seasons of confusion, of loss, of boredom, of insecurity, of distraction, the idea of “passion” can feel completely inaccessible and impossible. In such times, you are lucky to be able to get your laundry done (that sometimes feels as high as you can aim) and when someone tells you to follow your passion, you want to give them the middle finger. (Go ahead and do it, by the way. But wait till their back is turned, out of civility.)

But curiosity, I have found, is always within reach.

Passion is a tower of flame, but curiosity is a tiny tap on the shoulder — a little whisper in the ear that says, “Hey, that’s kind of interesting…”

Passion is rare; curiosity is everyday.

Curiosity is therefore a lot easier to reach at at times than full-on passion — and the stakes are lower, easier to manage.

The trick is to just follow your small moments of curiosity. It doesn’t take a massive effort. Just turn your head an inch. Pause for a instant. Respond to what has caught your attention. Look into it a bit. Is there something there for you? A piece of information?

For me, a lifetime devoted to creativity is nothing but a scavenger hunt — where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.

Small steps.

Keep doing that, and I promise you: The curiosity will eventually lead you to the passion.

And that’ll be the end of boredom.”

What are your thoughts on creativity? Is it something which comes easily to you? Or, more of a struggle? If you are taking part in the challenge, please leave a link to your posts belong.

Best wishes,

Rowena

11 thoughts on “C- Creativity…Motivational Quotes A-Z Challenge.

  1. Liam

    Hi, Rowena! It’s good to see you participating in the A-to-Z Challenge again. I enjoyed your letters to artists last year. I feel like I’m time traveling to the future since you’ve already posted C. 🙂

    You can see my A to Z’s at https://othemts.wordpress.com/.

    Good luck!

  2. Rowena Post author

    That’s very true, Gary. I don’t have trouble acting on my curiosity, but implementing my E for exercise is where I keep coming unstuck. I have no routine in my everyday life, which clearly makes it mission impossible to get into an exercise routine. Such a shame writing isn’t an effective form of exercise. I’d be fighting fit.
    Hope you’re going well. I’ve backed away from blogging for a bit to get this writing done.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  3. Rowena Post author

    I also need to reign my curiosity in a bit at times. I dart all over the place with my research pursuing every avenue I come across but also need to ensure I return to the beginning.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Liam. I was on a roll that night and wrote my first three posts all in a row. I also live in Sydney, Australia and it was 11.45pm my time when I posted the C. I have been running behind since then. I usually take this challenge a lot more seriously including sticking to deadlines. However, I’m immersed in writing and researching my book atm and it’s been such a long time coming, that I don’t want to lose mom,entum.
    Thanks for your feedback on the Letters to Dead Artists from last year. After I get this book done and dusted, I’ll be heading back to that one and my previous series, Letters to Dead Poets. I feel this bok is a good one to break the ice.
    I’ll pop over and check out your A-Zs now.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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