You are A Creative Minx, Whether You Like It or Not By Felicia Spahr

I recently ran across a creative, super-fantastic blog and site by Felicia Spahr and fell in love with her style.  As they say, Fel’s got swag! There’s so many fun resources on her site for writers and anyone who wants to be more creative, and who doesn’t? I asked her to stop by and share with my readers about creativity. So without further ado, here’s Fel:

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You Are A Creative Minx, Whether You Like It Or Not By Felicia Spahr

What if buildings were built in the shape of wings?  What if weddings morphed into a glorious love tour that families and friends of couples would fund so they can consummate their love around the world? What if you redesigned your life according to a new set of rules you’ve never explored or heard of before?

These are the kind of thoughts that spring from a mind brimming with creativity—not something you need to be born with, not a trait only a select few of us are given. In fact, let’s redefine creativity for a hot sec: the ability to connect seemingly unrelated ideas and use insights to solve problems, connect with people, and make your own life a little more sparkly. Notice something: I don’t mention anything about art, painting, or ‘making stuff’.

So, that’s exciting. The part about how creativity isn’t a label for a select group of people, despite how badly we want to think that is so.

Let’s have a little fun with this:

 

  1. Objectify. Look at an object in  front of you, next to you, above you. [Wherever your pretty little eyes go first.] Take note of what the function of that object is. Then think: what else could this object do? Something that has nothing to do with its original intended function?

 

  1. Doodlebomb. Take out a scrappy bit of paper. Your favorite post-it, an enormous piece you just ripped out of your notebook with only one page left in it. Draw a squiggle. Any sort of squiggle. Now take a step back. Look at it. Now take 5-10 minutes to make it or draw it into something else. Notice your use of space, the lines that confine you or free you.

 

  1. Sing-a-long. Look next to you. What two words do you see? Use them to make a song. Wha? You heard me. If Katy Perry can write about aliens, and Lady Gaga can write about monsters, you can write an adorable, sloppy little song, too. If you dare, sing it out loud. If not, fist pump for your creative adventurousness.

Thoughts? I hope, at least, that was your creative juicing for the day.

And while we’re talking about creativity, that little guy is one of the reasons why I’ve been able to design this life of freedom I have [and am working towards] and was the seed that blossomed into my new booky-wook [yeap, stole that from Russell Brand]: 30 Days of Delicious Writing Fun. Innovative ways to sculpt a sexy mind, drink creative juice for breakfast, and set you and your wild, precious ideas free.

I wrote it because I decided to remix the writing life. What’s with the weird, sad people sitting alone in a room complaining about life and all things tragedy? And the other people, saying that in order to write, to be really great, you must be that kind of person? Hogwash! Writing is a rip-roaring adventure—why? Because when you understand how you work, how you want to write, and what you really want to write about, you set yourself and your precious little ideas free. Out in the world where they belong, because they’re too good not to share. So if all of that sounds delicious to you, see if it’s something you’d like to have in your precious little life. And while you’re at it, go ahead. Admit that you are creative. Or, redefine the idea for yourself 😉

Michelle again. I have Fel’s book and it’s mind expanding fun that will get your creative side up and dancing, so go check it out.  We’d love to hear any thoughts on creativity and your experiences trying any of Fel’s exercises. Come on, if you wrote a song, we want to see the lyrics.  To prove it, I’m giving away one of my Angel Card readings (see service page) to one of my commenters during the month of March. I’ll put everyone’s name in random.org and choose a winner to be announced here around April 1st. Then I’ll email the winner with the details if I have access to their e-mail or you can check back here around the first and e-mail me if you’re the winner.

Love and Alchemy,

Michelle

 

 

  • Wow! I loved reading this post!
    Thank you Michelle and thank you Fel! I agree: Fel does have swag! 🙂
    I really like the-everyone is creative part! It is too bad that society and even our minds (secretly) make creativity for the select few at times. However, just like IQ and intelligence, creativity for the few is a lovely myth. Everything that we do on a daily and from a moment to moment basis can and is charged with the creative spark. I really like some of the ideas that you mention for getting the creativity flowing!

    When we were children, we were unafraid to put seemingly impossible things together. As we grew up, we began fitting the mold better and that meant watching the world the same way most of the time. This is what the some philosophies call “sleepwalking.” But if we can realize that creativity is not anyone’s prerogative, we get inspired to become “our creative best.” I think the major problem is that society compares constantly and people feel less than better and then stop singing their unique song.

    Just like yourself, I also say “sing it!” Even if it is off-tune, nobody should have the right to shut us up. Some students doodle in my class instead of taking notes and I actually encourage that! Learning, creativity and art are expressed in many different ways and recognizing that is the first step towards understanding the creative genius embedded within each of us.

    Harish 🙂

  • Michelle Dobbins says:

    Harrish, what you say is so true. We learn to be followers and not stand out. Being around children and soaking up their creatiivy is so good for us “adults.” I teach a middle school creative writing club and most of them are still letting their creativity flow. I love that they can role models for me on how to just let go and explore whereever my mind wants to go. 🙂

    • Harish says:

      Michelle,
      I completely agree! Being around children makes us want to be highly creative too! It is the inductive, infectious effect of a curious, happy, awe-inspiring and playful environment. I am glad to know that you teach a creative writing club and yes there is surely something to learn from kids about letting creativity flow!

      Harish

  • Fel's Got Swag says:

    Harish–I LOVE that you let your students doodle. That is fantastic. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback 😀 Lots of great stuff to think about.

    xx Fel

    • Harish says:

      Thanks, Fel!
      Most students take notes or listen and interact with the current discussion and that is fine. But occasionally, I get kinesthetic and pictorial learners who like to draw and doodle in their notebooks while the discussion is going on. They actually come up with very creative mind map like solutions to problems in class. The lesson for me is that not everyone learns the same way and there are visual, kinesthetic, auditory etc learners. And fitting them all in the same model of learning is counter productive for them. We do video, activities, audio and visual stills as a means of learning. Incorporating creative methods of teaching and learning makes the learning atmosphere very inspiring!
      Harish

      • Michelle Dobbins says:

        You have some lucky students! Having a teacher who is so positive and embraces different learning styles can make a lifelong impact.

  • CMYfabriK says:

    Inspiring post Fel, you know we love ya!
    Great blog Michelle, we’re following you on Twitter now 🙂

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