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Our tools are equally responsible for our creativity.

Art is often confused with the skill of drawing. It is the skill of making. -Stephen Metcalf

As much as it’s important to think different and be able to make connections between people and ideas, we still need certain tools to inspire and manifest our creativity.

The painter needs a brush. The writer needs a pen. The journalist needs a recorder. The musician needs an instrument.

Technology democratizes these tools. Apps like Instagram and Paper 53 have converted people into semi-professional photographers and painters. You no longer need a recording studio make and record music. Just open Garageband. An unsigned writer like myself can self-publish a book onto the Amazon Kindle Store.

Technology empowers people to pay attention to their surroundings, to think deeply about everyday encounters, to stay curious, and ultimately to get inspired to recreate their experiences into pieces of art.

Social tools also enhance the creative experience. Displaying your work on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and getting a positive response makes you want to make and share even more.

No matter how good your photos are – whether from an iPhone or a Lomo or a Leica – they’re not worth much until somebody sees them. — Charlie Sorrel

A simple change in platform can also make you more creative. Writing on a cleaner template like Medium is more enjoyable and cleaner than writing within other blogging platforms like WordPress and Tumblr. Here are a number of apps that will simplify your life and get you out of a creative rut.

Digital tools plus social networks establish a robust environment for creativity. If you’re not inspired, you’re not surrounding yourself with the right tools and right followers.

Word of caution though: Never feign creativity just for another like. Impression is a cheap form of expression. Me-ism is what separates the social addicts from the hobbyists and professionals.

Your tools and and the platforms you use contribute to your ability to innovate and stay positively motivated about your work.

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. — Al Hirschfeld

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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.