Creative genes

There’s no such thing as a creative gene. Creativity starts with inspiration and imitation. The teacher shows the pupil how to be creative and the student decides to pursue it.

You can’t fake creativity. Nor can you just turn it on. Creativity comes with the practice of being curious and producing something in response: a piece of art, a lyric, a joke. Creatives produce as much as they consume. Output equals input.

Creativity runs like a gas tank. One day it’s full, the next day it’s running on fumes. Nothing comes out except the frustration of feeling stuck. Seeking inspiration can get you over the hump or out of a slump.

Creativity ebbs and flows. But the feeling is always there, as long as you want to be expressive. The alternative to creativity is banality. Once you decide to impress others and conform you’re done.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.