I am of the firm belief that writers are born creative human beings. We become authors when we publish something, but once a writer always a writer. It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. If you ask most people who write books, they will tell you they started out writing poems or short stories or something at a really young age. Many times we don’t have the courage to actually start a novel until we are older, but in some way, we have always written. I find artistic people to be creative in general. Authors, artists, sculptors, poets, etc. It doesn’t matter what form of art they dabble in, creativity seems to be a part of their genetic makeup.
In my case, I started at a young age writing poems. Poems about life and family and love. Then I moved on to writing songs. I’m a closet karaoke singer but have never really had the guts to sing like I mean it in front of others. I was in my high school play as Ado Annie in Oklahoma and sang, “I’m just a girl who can’t so no,” but that was more belting the lyrics out and not “singing like I mean it.” I was also in a play when I was teaching middle school, but there was no singing involved in that one. I used to write my own plays, and for the songs, I would choreograph dance moves. No matter what I did, I couldn’t help but see the creative side and have fun with it.
I love taking pictures. One day I am going to take a class on it, but for now, I simply carry my camera to every event and drive everyone crazy. I am creative in how I set up and take the shot, and I am creative in how I put them in photo albums. I love scrapbooking. Even when I have a dinner party, I have to choose a theme and have food and decorations to match, as well as having people show up “dressed” the part. And don’t even get me started about the dinner conversations. We always tell stories, etc, and of course I have to exaggerate and embellish real life because it’s “so much more fun” that way, much to the dismay of my husband. Poor man. By now you would think he’d be used to me, but I still manage to surprise him. It keeps life exciting. Probably why we’ve been married for 23 years and have 4 children!
Finally, I am an adventure nut. Not really creative, per say, but I think creativity and adventure often go hand-in-hand. My husband might be the big strong guy, but I am the one who is the first to jump at any chance for adventure. Wind surfing and scuba diving and zip-lining in Hawaii with all kinds of marine life, Kayaking in Alaska with eagles and again marine life, parasailing in Acapulco with natives (yikes—it was 23 years ago on our honeymoon…what can I say? At least I’m smarter today—I think), and swimming with stingray in the Caribbean. Parachuting, bungee jumping and hang gliding are still on my bucket list.
In general, I think creativity is genuinely a part of who we are. People are always amazed at how many ideas authors have for new stories. They always ask if we’re afraid of not coming up with another idea. The opposite is true for me. I have too many stories running through my brain and not enough hours in the day to write them all down. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. And I thank God every day for making me creative. So tell me, what creative things have you done lately? I love a good story.