Creativity – A Little More Action, Please
When we say creative, we really mean imaginative or innovative. We rarely attach creative to its root word “create.” If we did, we would consider a carpenter or an assembly line worker at an auto plant creative because they create, don’t they? The value of actually making something shouldn’t be underestimated. There is a concrete result.
I am as bad as anyone of having fanciful ideas that I never act on. And there are plenty of excuses. I get busy with other things. The timing isn’t right. Or perhaps worse of all, I start thinking of all the reasons why something will go wrong.
That’s why I want it to be important to work into some kind of habit where I make something on a regular schedule, regardless of my preparedness. When I was a street photographer, I had assignments every day where I had a real, tactile result – a photograph. Today, my work as an editor has less tangible results. Instead, I point to my “fingerprints” on a project that someone else actually created.
I am feeling more of a need to, as Elvis would say, have a “little less conversation and a little more action please.” I work in an industry that is stalled and sometimes I feel like I have the same issues.
So, every day, I hope to do at least one of these things;
- make a photo
- write something interesting
- learn something (making brain cells)
- have an interesting conversation
- make a drawing
- make something