My short answer would be No!
When we think of Creatives whether painter, poet, musician, photographer, we often think of them as The Lone Wolf. Working alone late into the night by a dim light. Frantically working on their new masterpiece. Mumbling to themselves, hair in disarray, pencil behind one ear. Whilst the town sleeps peacefully behind locked doors.
Whilst I am sure there are some Creatives that may live/work in isolated log cabins deep in the forest, generally Creatives are regular folks. People that eat, sleep, pay taxes and love our communities.
Although the final step of the Creative process may be a solitary one whether this is the finalising of the painting, the manuscript, the photo. The path that the Creative has followed was by no means alone.
For me as a Creative, I gain immense creative inspiration from engaging with others. When I am outside in the world, interacting with others my mind jumps into high gear. A 4 hour coffee date with a good friend can leave me inspired and rearing to grab my camera or pen.
Creativity can spring forth from:
- An adventure.
- Time spent with friends and family.
- An unexpected meeting or opportunity.
- Engaging with animals who give unconditional love.
- Being Creative brings more Creativity.
- Forgiving yourself for past mistakes.
- Being open to something new.
Time alone is important to clear and calm the mind, but time spent with loved ones or new friends can be just as important. Life is about finding the right balance.
What do you think? What do you do to increase your creativity levels?
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein