Creativity is key for a writer. For anyone, really, artist or not, who has vision, long-term goals, who desires purpose and beauty.
But what begets creativity? It's different for everyone.
I've been thinking about what makes me feel creative. Here's what I've come up with:
(1) Being understood. It's a powerful thing when someone listens and identifies with and validates. It makes me feel justified, and capable.
(2) Quiet. When there is time and space to be still and alone with my thoughts, I reap creative benefits. I am able to explore those parts of me that thrive through words and expression, and, what's more, I'm able to act on them.
(3) New ideas. No matter their extent or durability, new ideas spark excitement and good intention, with some sort of direction. That's key, I think.
What makes you feel creative?