A stick figure, proving that I'm a creative writer and not a painter

Creativity Served Three Ways

by Esther on 27 mei 2011

For a long time, I thought the concept of creativity was all about graphic skills. You know those people who sketch, draw or paint mind-blowing pictures? Now they are creative.

Since I can barely draw a stick figure, I didn’t consider myself a creative person.

Until I learned there’s more to creativity than being graphically talented.

As a writer and a translator, I play around with words every single day. Expressing myself, learning new languages and writing have always come easy to me. Because of that, I never saw them as an act of creativity.

But the many awesome people that are touched by my work have begun to change my mind.

Maybe I’m a pretty creative person after all, but in a different way.

And I’ve started to wonder: what exactly does creativity consist of? What does it mean when a person is labeled as creative? Does everything you create qualify as an act of creativity?

I’ll dive deeper into these questions in an upcoming tale. For now, I’d like to introduce you to three people I met on Twitter who share two characteristics:

  • They are highly creative writers.
  • They use their work to positively impact the world.

1. Tessa Zeng

As a young and talented fashion designer, Tessa quit art school to pursue her ambitions of becoming a writer – and change the world in the process. Tessa’s head is just bursting with thoughts and ideas, that much is certain as soon as you read a page of her work.

Whether it’s designing a dress or launching an e-book series: here’s someone who wants to radically improve the world we live in and empower others to join her in that struggle.

The bottom line is creativity. Tessa is using her creativity in many ways, pushing harder and harder to find its strongest use.

This is revolutionary and artistic creativity.

2. Mark Robertson

I write for a living and know how to put a decent string of words together, so I consider myself a writer. But Mark’s stories sometimes make me doubt my capabilities. Mark is a thought-provoking, highly philosophical American teacher living in the Brazilian Amazon.

Every time I hit a link and have a glance at one of his websites, he subtly reminds me that I should really take the time and turn off all distractions – or else I won’t understand a word.

Mark keeps me and my pencil sharp. To him, any act of creativity is essentially a picture in our mind.

This is complex and philosophical creativity.

3. Raam Dev

Raam is a digital nomad. He travels the world with few belongings to inspire others wherever he can. Just looking through his site gives me a sense of hope and peace. You can tell Raam has a beautiful spirit!

His stories are pure, but they can also be sad and confronting. Raam’s writing serves a purpose: he wants to make us think. Why are we living our lives the way we are? If we put some thought into it, what small changes can we make that have an impact somewhere?

Raam Dev knows when to speak and when to keep quiet.

This is wise and spiritual creativity.

Three creative writers on a mission.

Three completely different styles. Three of the many people I have had the privilege to meet through the internet.

The internet is powerful. People are powerful. Creativity is powerful.

Put together, these elements are strong enough to make a difference.

Like my online friends, I aim to make a difference with my stories. I want to inspire you, to touch your heart and to encourage you to take positive action.

This is personal and transformational creativity.

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  • Much like you, Esther, I never thought myself as creative. But I’ve come to realize that creativity is as much about expression as it is the willingness to explore and make mistakes in the name of art, beauty, and purpose.

    I’ve discovered that creativity is seeing the possibility in the seemingly impossible and then taking a leap of faith towards it.

    Thank you for including me in this list with two other incredible souls, both of whom I’m happy to call friends. :)

    • Hi Raam,

      Rediscovering creativity is a slow process. I really like your definition: seeing the possibility, taking the leap of faith… That might be the link between being creative and being positive, or at least aiming to see and create positive things even when things are rough.

      I’m very grateful for having found you and many others this year. You are one of the people that inspired me to start blogging again and I know there are many more great things to come. Keep being you, you’re incredibly powerful and kind.

    • Hi Raam,

      Rediscovering creativity is a slow process. I really like your definition: seeing the possibility, taking the leap of faith… That might be the link between being creative and being positive, or at least aiming to see and create positive things even when things are rough.

      I’m very grateful for having found you and many others this year. You are one of the people that inspired me to start blogging again and I know there are many more great things to come. Keep being you, you’re incredibly powerful and kind.

  • Anoniem

    I’ve never been accused of being so smart! Thanks Esther. It’s so fun to converge with you. I like raam and tessa, we’re just allowing our thoughts and crafts to find new voice in the cyber-ether.

    Philosophical and complex! I may put that on my CV.

    Fun that we’re all friends. I lvoe this idea that our “Net-presence” is like a refracting gem. we don’t need to be published or heard by everyone. We just get to trust that there will be wonderful people like Esther with whom to refract and interact.

    • Mark, you’re making me blush! I really feel like this is only the beginning of so many wonderful things. The tip of the interaction iceberg. You, too, publicly encouraged me to write and share my thougths even though we barely know each other.

      You should totally put philosophical and complex on your CV. I need to check out your fractal/refracting line of thought to fully grasp it. Clever idea once again :-)

      Here’s to empowering international connections!