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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