In order to successfully embark on this project, it’s necessary to first define what creativity is.
This feels like an impossible task. Creativity is like “love,” or “passion,” or “fear.” It’s a big, slippery topic that means different things to different people. It’s impossible to come up with a definition that will satisfy every crevice of our feelings and thoughts on creativity.
So let’s put aside the notion that we’re trying to come up with a perfect, all-encompassing definition, and just try to simplify it as best as we can. Whenever I want to make a big topic simple, I always imagine myself explaining it to my son or one of my young students at school. A child’s definition need not be detailed or complex, but it does need to find the heart of the matter.
If my son were to come to me and ask, “Mommy, what’s creativity?” I would tell him this:
“Creativity is the feeling or expectation that you have the power inside you to make anything you want to. You may not have all the knowledge and skills within you to make that thing at first, but you feel confident that you can gain them by using that creative power. Creativity is also the impulse to continue to make things. It doesn’t matter what the thing is; it could even be an idea or a thought, as long as it comes out of your own brain, or heart, or soul.”
What do you think of that definition? Would you alter it in any way? Or come up with a completely new definition? Now THAT would be creative! Please comment below with your ideas, or if you don’t wish to comment, consider subscribing to receive post notifications via email, or to the Creativity Perspective newsletter, or both. I’d love to have you as a member of the Creativity Perspective community!