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November’s Question: How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?
I used to consider myself a creative individual. I wrote, of course, but I also sang and acted throughout my adolescence. When I entered the workforce, opportunities for creativity greatly reduced. As I’ve mentioned before, once I started working full-time I found I didn’t have the energy or focus to pursue creative endeavors in my personal life. This struggle continues to this very day.
I still consider myself creative, to an extent. But I often wonder if I’ve lost my ability to create. Taking years off from creative pursuits has to have some effect on one’s abilities. Honestly, now that I find myself in a place where I can actually write again, I’m having trouble getting started. There have been a lot of mind-blowing stories released in the last ten years. How can I compete with them? How can I live up to them? Do I really have anything worth saying anymore? Is there anyone out there who would want to listen?
Looking at today’s society gives me pause. Everyone seems to expect so much from their creative counterparts and they’re quick to tear us down when we don’t deliver. What if I can’t give them what they want?
(Of course, the better question is why do I care? Aren’t I supposed to create for myself first? That’s another post.)
It seems the creativity in my life hasn’t evolved so much since I began writing: It’s (de)evolved since I began adulting.
Let’s get the beach ball rolling: How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing (or pursuing another form of creative art)?