Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Qualities of a Writer Part II: Creativity

cre·a·tiv·i·ty [kree-ey-tiv-i-tee, kree-uh-] –noun. The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination. The process by which one utilizes creative  ability.

This one's a no-brainer, right? We wouldn't want to be writers if we weren't creative. President Deiter F. Uchtdorf said:  The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

That desire to create is at the heart of writing. But creativity can wither and die if we don't give it constant care and nourishment. Some things that I do to nurture my creativity are:

Listen to good music
Read good books
Go for walks around the pond
Spend time in nature
Have fun with my family
Play piano or guitar
Sing along with the piano or guitar
Get enough sleep
Get some exercise
Pray and meditate
Study scriptures
Nurture my relationships with family, friends and God

What about you? How do you keep that creative spark alive amid all the pressures and stresses of life that threaten to suck all our creativity away?


The Golden Eagle said...

When it comes to writing reading, listening/playing music, exercising, and exploring new things helps to keep my creativity. :)

Christina Lee said...

What a great list- and some I have to remember to do (nature) --so sad!! :D

LTM said...

I think you touched on all of mine! And I can't wait to get to stirring those creative juices. Best to you~ :o)

Melanie Goldmund said...

Sometimes I listen to audio productions or audio books while making lunch. Sometimes I don't, and just daydream while I'm working.

Angie said...

Both daydreaming and audio books sound like good ideas. I love daydreaming! Thanks, Melanie.

Jacqueline Howett said...

Inspiration is magical. Sometime's just visiting a few blogs can do it for me, like visiting yours now -for instance!

Have a great weekend!

ali said...

This one's so not classy but I love watching movies. I'm almost always inspired!