Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore the latter are stronger – Coco Chanel
Probably the most overused adjective of 2017 no doubt, ‘Creative’ has become the buzz word of every, not less any, person not quite sure how to describe what they do in their insta bio (I’m sure I even had it at some point). Agreed, the term is excessively sprinkled around like ben-nye banana powder, but I believe everyone possesses some element of creativity. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be difficult to tap into, especially in a digital era where a few google searches can lead you into a wonderland of ideas output that leave you feeling deflated and largely unoriginal.
Although I have made a point of abstaining from the dreaded ‘C’ word online, I have always been a renaissance woman at heart. I am a profoundly visual person; I don’t say how I feel, I am more inclined to show you (this can be incredibly rewarding at times and positively mortifying at others). In fact, my love of the written word not only stems from my love of books, but the desire to concisely, articulate the magical things I see in my head. May sound crazy – but I relish texture, colour, smell, sound, movement. I absorb it all and let it seep into a big gumbo of exotic goodness inside me, just bursting to get out. I often wake in the night (if I have managed to get to sleep at all) and jot down random sparks of inspiration. I feel out of sync when I am not being creative no matter the guise. Whether I am doing a spot of DIY at home, or hacking away at old clothes to give it a new lease of life. Photography, digital branding, design, editing; These are all credible creative outlets, particularly in the ever evolving digital world we live in and I dabble in them all. But it is is through writing that I feel most free creatively.
“Don’t strive to be original. It will reveal itself no matter what you or others do.”
“Create meaning not product. Concern yourself with content, not technicalities”
READ IT THEN RIP IT UP
HOW I STAY CREATIVE
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As part of my mission to encourage us ladies to read more; I am giving away x3 copies of this book. To enter, simply let me know what you do to stay creative within in the comments section below. You must be following on instagram too for the entry to be valid. I will announce the winners in my next instalment of BerrysBookClub here on the blog.