"Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses."
Being creative is not some kind of personality trait; you need to have more than just creative ideas or innovative possibilities, you need to actually do something in the world: record that song, write a book or article, put together a smart phone app.
As author and entrepreneur Seth Godin says, “What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship.”
“Accessing your authentic message and writing your transformational book is one of the most powerful things you will ever do for yourself, your readers, your business and ultimately – the world.”
A profile notes Christine Kloser "teaches spiritual guidance and intuition along with nuts-and-bolts writing, publishing and marketing expertise."
In a post on one of her sites, she comments about a story contest for transformational authors to win a book publishing package with her publishing company.
Are creative people more likely to be highly sensitive?
Writer Carolyn Gregoire in an article on the topic thinks one reason highly sensitive people may be so creative is an unusual depth of feeling - part of the personality trait of high sensitivity that psychologists and many creative people find supports creative exploration and expression.
"No matter what, I have a right to be in my studio doing this; it's good, it's good for my family, it's good for me." - Sculptor Janis Wunderlich
Artists are creative people regardless of their gender, of course, but women may face particular challenges, especially as mothers.
“When we’re sensitive to other people’s emotions and struggles, holidays bring extra challenges."
Carol Burbank, Ph.D. continues:
"Winter celebrations bring their own craziness, the joy/grief cycle of memory, reunions and rituals that touch everyone to the core.
“Just riding our own rollercoaster is enough! But when we are empathic, we sense everyone else’s wild ride, too!"
In his book “Literature and the Brain,” Professor Norman N. Holland details how we may respond so deeply in both creating and experiencing literature – novels, plays, poems, tv and movies – and the neuropsychology underlying our often intense engagement with stories and characters.
Holland comments on one primal story that so many of us enjoy:
Although acclaimed as an actor, Jamie Lee Curtis says she finds writing "way more" artistically satisfying for her than acting.
Her multiple children's books "address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way," her Amazon.com bio notes.
One of those important subjects is adoption, which is the topic of "Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born."
What gets in the way of our writing? There is no simple answer, of course, but here are some perspectives from accomplished authors on what to be aware of and what to do that may help write more and write better.
Stephen King relates an early experience that affected his writing and acceptance of himself as a writer – the kind of experience probably most of us have had to some degree: criticism from his high school teacher. He writes: