The Struggle to Stay Creative by Quinn McDonald
:: The Good Coach ::
The Struggle to Stay Creative
by Quinn McDonald
"It's not so much teaching creativity; it's more a matter of reclaiming it."
"But I'm not creative," Debra insists.
"You don't remember what it feels like to be creative, but it's there."
"Then why don't I feel creative?" Debra asked.
She's got a great point. At age 4, when monsters are under the bed, and children have problems separating truth from imagination, a strange socialization begins in our culture. Children’s parents or teachers begin to tell them to "act like a big girl" (or boy), to use supplies for what they were made for. A broom is not a horse, and a piece of rope is not a magic dividing line. Children are reminded there are no monsters, no fairies, just scheduled time and dinner in the van. Once the tooth fairy delivers the cash, she disappears, never to be seen again. The imagination seems to be connected to the time clock and piggy bank.
When my son said he wanted to be a musician, I heard a chorus of "Tell him that's fine for a hobby, but as a career. . ." followed by clicking tongues. Not only was he wrong, his mother was odd, too, because I allowed him to study music. Just to finish the story, he’s now a successful adult, has wonderful friends. . .and music is his life and his profession.
Quinn McDonald is a certified creativity coach, writer and book artist. Her book, Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art will be published in July, 2011 by North Light Books. Information on the book and Quinn’s coaching can be found on http://RawArtJournaling.com.