I’ve often said that creativity, that idea generation, is a learned, practicable skill – meaning it is a skill than can be practiced and enhanced with use. I’ve even led workshops on this idea at conventions (stay tuned for the post about that). Absolutely anyone can learn to generate ideas, can learn to be creative, as long as they practice at it. It’s just like any other learned skill.
Here’s an article from The Huffington Post that backs up that conclusion.
We tend to think that creativity is innate — you’ve either got it or you don’t. Our “creative type” friends are artsy, full of wonder and always wanting to dig into something deeper. The rest? They’re investment bankers.
Contrary to popular belief, no one is born without a creative bone in his or her body, and not all creative types are starving artists. In other words, we’ve all got it, but our personalities play a role in the kind of creative we are, and how we best feed into it.
“Our creative process is how we see the world and how we make decisions,” David B. Goldstein, artist, researcher, management consultant and the co-author of “Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive” told The Huffington Post.
- Artist Tara Leaver talks about the Truth about Being Creative in September’s Artist Interview (kmericks.com)
- Enjoying the Creative Process: A Lifetime Process (atimannetteoton.com)
- What’s Your Creative Process? (masonrydesignblog.wordpress.com)
- Week 6 – Collabarative Creativity (pmconnel.wordpress.com)