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I fancy myself a creative person. I like to write, and I have a good eye and an interest in crafts. I mean, you should see my Pinterest boards. I have pinned some seriously awesome ideas for projects. That counts, right?
The inconvenient thing about being "creative" is that you actually have to create stuff. I spend a stupid amount of time sitting around thinking about how much I enjoy the creative side of my brain and, gee, what does that mean about how I should spend my life, how should that shape my identity, and am I actually all that clever or do I just like looking at pretty things? Ira Glass said every person he knows that's doing good, creative work started out with little more than good taste. You have to just start making stuff and eventually what you are making will catch up to what you want to be making.
But what if you don't know what you want to make? Or who you want to be? Joy Deangdeelert Cho, founder of Oh Joy, talks about the value of trying new things until you've carved out a clearer image of what you really love.
This is also something we're told in Austin Kleon's book, Steal Like An Artist, about creativity in this generation. It's a valuable little manifesto. Here are three things he says that I am holding on to:
- Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.
- Use your hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important.
It's my hope that staying on top of a blog will help me stay creative. And if all I end up with is a few handmade treasures for my little home, that's just fine.