Monday Thoughts on Creativity: Creativity is a Drug

Alright, Monday, let’s do this.

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I think all creative people can relate to this quote from the incredible producer/director/writer/editor (etc.) Cecil B. DeMille. I find that even if my anxiety about writing returns, once I get going, I can’t stop, and then I can’t wait until the next time I can write, whether it’s in the next hour or the next week. I practically count down the hours until I can create again. That’s also the reason I take notes throughout the day on all my works, including current works in progress and ones far down the line. When I’m away from my computer, I take notes in notebooks, my phone, and voice recordings – whichever is most convenient. If I put off my ideas for too long, either they stop coming or I get into a really nasty mood that you don’t want to see.

Creativity is one addiction I will never let go. If I did, not only would I be permanently miserable, but I would have no direction to my life. It sounds extreme, but without the outlet of creativity, without imagination driving me, my sense of purpose would also disappear. Such is the life of a writer.

 

Monday Thoughts on Creativity: Travel Through Imagination

Happy Monday! Ugh…work…let’s go somewhere else.

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I travel all over the place through my imagination.

When I’m over-stressed, I live in Morrowind. When IĀ feel everything is too complicated, I live in the Victorian Era. And when I watch film noir movies, I live there for more than the durationĀ of the movie. I get to be so many places I can never physically enjoy, all because of the power of imagination, and all those places can be what I want them to be. I don’t have to think about the constant threat of the cliffracers in Morrowind, I don’t have to think about the lack of equality in the Victorian Era, and I certainly don’t think about the health issues of all that smoking in film noir. I just live in my glorified paradise of imagination.

And sometimes, that’s what gets me through the day.