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Dispelling Creativity Myths

Creativity is not open-ended. Creativity needs constraints. You’ll be able to be more creative when you’re trying to create within a specific framework.

Inspiration is not spontaneous. You’re going to have to write when you don’t have ideas, sing when your soul is weary, dance when your body is exhausted. Sometimes your best work will be what you created when you really didn’t feel like it.

Unexpressed creativity is not benign.* Ignoring that voice inside you will lead to side effects like depression, numbness, restlessness, being unfulfilled, and tingling in your hands and feet.

There’s no such thing as a non-creative person. There are only those who can recognize their own creativity and those who dismiss it. (Ever heard of creative accounting?)

You can’t function your best on a junk food diet. You can’t produce your best work while consuming a steady stream of self-criticism, social media, and reality television.

*This is a quote from Brené Brown when she guested on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast.

What unexpected lessons have you learned about creativity?

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  1. […] Inspiration is not spontaneous. As much as we romanticize the idea of being struck by genius before we create, reality doesn’t work like that. Our muses are flighty creatures — we must make safe spaces for them in our lives. […]

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