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What Is Creativity?

In my opinion creativity “lives” (yes, I do think creativity is alive) in small details and can be found in the most unusual and unexpected places, usually at times when you, the creator, don’t expect it to take hold of you.

Humans are creative beings (just look at the road we travelled from the Early Man to our modern civilisation) and luckily for us, creativity is expressed in countless ways and across the board. It can be hidden in kindness, cooking, loving other people, reading books, lovemaking etc.

Unfortunately, over the centuries creativity has often been mistaken as this mysterious colossal creature that is rare and happens only to the “chosen few”. Whoever tells you that creativity is not for everyone, is merely bullshitting you to keep you away from reaching your hidden potential and expressing what dwells deep in your soul, trying to get out.

Creativity is everything that surrounds us (so please do look around what mother nature has created for us: look at the house you live in; look at the modern inventions you are fortunate to use), creativity is life, and creativity is you and me. And don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Don’t waste your life waiting for inspiration to gracefully descent on you to start writing, cooking, or projecting your desired future to the universe. Create. Put the struggles of allowing yourself to feel creative aside and just be creative. If people criticise you so what; at least you are trying to channel your creativity through, and this is much more than many zombie-like beings do with their limited time they have on this earth.

PS. Below is a short description of how I work and channel my creativity.

When I write, I usually work on several projects at the same time. I cannot work on just one story over and over again; my personality won’t allow me to do that. I need to leave myself enough brain space, hence working on many projects simultaneously, to give my characters and storylines enough time and space to grow and evolve and only time can guaranty that. After years of writing and making films I know that without the right amount of space and time I’m not able to have enough growing period for my characters and without that, the storyline feels flat. This approach works for me. However, it may change, when my life changes or when I change and not necessarily may work for you.

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Magda Olchawska is an award-winning independent filmmaker, writer and screenwriter. She writes not only about making films and writing but also about financially independent and sustainable lifestyle. Her current projects include Ecotopia Universe and School Runs.

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