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How To Be Creative Mike
de Sousa, Director, AbleStable
is not confined to the chosen few who articulate
their experiences in words, music, or another
medium. We are all creative. Finding the time
to encourage that creativity in ourselves is
however often a challenge, but if we fail to
flex our creative muscles, the enemy of
inertia grabs a hold. This column provides a
compact first aid box for that circumstance and
aims to counter any uncertainty that your
creativity is boundless.
have used many mediums to express my creativity,
but no matter how happy I am with the results
of my prior efforts, there
are periods when I doubt my potential to produce
work that I and others will value. It has taken
a very long time to realize that self doubt is
a friend that walks with me in the creative process
than an enemy that dulls my edge.
creativity starts with an impulse from within.
You and I look at this monitor, I mine, and
you, yours. I write,
you read. We are connected
and yet we remain apart. I take a breath as do
you. We both breathe, now. It is as real as the
flashing photons that
flood our eyes. The difference is our
there is more than time
your keyboard a thousand words lay hidden just
beneath the surface like the shape within a
marble to the sculptor. The words are there,
waiting to be uncovered by the tap of your finger
tips. Look down for a moment, you can almost
hear their call. Listen. Look. Now, there between
spaces of the keys, the words await you. One
thing is certain, those words, your words, are
you to uncover. Start with one. Perhaps
"The", or "A", or any other
little word that comes to mind. Simple
is best, but writing simply is the hardest writing
task of all.
an elegant plaything that might help. Click
inside the black rectangle below, then type
a word or sentence without a comma or full stop:
visual record of the journey that your fingertips
take will remain above as a shadow of the words
you write. The frequent letters that you enter
emerge out of the dark, but the meaning of your
words remain far from view. It is a context
enter words without concern for how others view
them, a free expression, a place where you may
dare to write what is most close to your heart.
A place of secrets and reflection.
something unexpected from
a random rush of keys,
your instinct of curiosity
becomes enlivened, your journey into thought
creativity flourishes in the most unexpected
of places, the
words I've written here may not marry with
your moment today. On occasion
in us stops us short.
When that happens to me I pause. Most
often I experience writers block because I rush
too fast and don't breathe in the air. We all
that is the oxygen to our creativity, and you
are no exception...
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de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®.
Mike has been commissioned as an artist,
composer, photographer, print and web site
designer, and author. Mike
is also the Creative Director of 2BrightSparks,
a software company.
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