A few years ago while I was shopping, I came across a painting. The painting was chaotic and had way too many colors. But it looked beautiful. But it would have looked more beautiful if it had a theme associated with it. That is when I imagined a painting in my mind. Colors and patterns that tell a story. After getting back home I pulled out a plain white sheet and began drawing. The theme was "Our Love Story" and I included all the elements that brought us together. Be it the places we went together or the books that we read. If it mattered to us, it found its place here in the drawing. I included some patterns and drew our faces as well. And before I knew it I had a whole drawing in front of me. It was easy to leave it black and white, but colors played with my mind. Since the drawing was big, coloring it was tedious. And since it was more like a doodle with various patterns, I had to be careful with the colors. And the outline had to be perfect to separate one pattern from the other. It took me two whole days to complete it, but once it was done it looked gorgeous. Today it is framed and adorns the wall of our bedroom.
I was always a curious child, blessed with crazy levels of imagination. And inspiration. It doesn't take much to inspire me. I can be inspired by an image and imagine it in my own way. And then I will create a poem or an art piece out of it. Last week I was watching an episode of 'Castle' and it was about the five elements of nature. I was inspired by that and decided to do poetry capturing these elements. My last post was about fire and soon I'll be writing about the other four elements as well. Creativity is not rocket science. All it needs is some imagination or some inspiration. That is why I love the prompts from 'Magpie Tales' and 'FSF - Lillie McFerrin'. Magpie prompts are always a picture and that is the best ever thing to get creative. The elements in the picture can be imagined in many ways and you can create a story of your own around it. FSF is extremely challenging as it just gives a word as a prompt and you need to write a fiction piece using only five sentences. But it gives the best ever boost to creativity.
My mother is very creative. She is a fashion designer, an artist and an awesome cook. I get most of my traits from her. It is not hard to be creative. And yet it is not something that you can learn. Creativity should come naturally to one. Just look around, there are so many things that can kick off your imagination or trigger an inspiration. But if they all look like mundane things to you, then well, there is no point. Creativity doesn't only mean in terms of art or writing. It can be anything. Be it a new recipe or thoughts about something. But I have noticed that some people are not creative at all. It is not that they cannot get inspired, it is just that they refuse to get inspired. Such people are content sitting at home and watching soaps endlessly, instead of developing a hobby. It can be due to lack of interest or sheer laziness; either ways that is such a boring life to lead.
Had I not been a writer, I would have been a baker. Had I not been a baker, I would have been a dancer. Had I not been a dancer, I would have been a painter. Had I not been a painter, I would have been a tailor. Had I not been a tailor, I would have been an observer. Today I have all of these traits in me and they contribute immensely to my creativity. The satisfaction that I get in baking a new recipe or designing a new top for myself is something else altogether. And this is all because I am constantly in the search for inspiration for something or the other. Being creative gives me a sense of freedom and a sense of independence. It makes me feel good about myself. And the very reason I started a blog was to unleash my creativity in terms of words, emotions and feelings. Soon inspiration transformed into imagination and creation became a must for me to survive.
Creativity cannot be learnt nor thought. It should come from within a person. It is a wonderful process of self discovery and learning. Only if you are willing to go through it. Having said that, creation is not an easy task. At times it completely consumes you and leaves you with nothing. But if you get it right, then there is no looking back.
Give in to it. Look around. Set your imagination free. Get inspired. Be some one's inspiration.
Imagine. Create. Inspire.
Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of Words #4 Day 1.