DO WORK: How To Be Creative

Creativity can be taught. I’m tired of the world telling us that one person is creative while the other is not. The way I see it, we are all creative. Some of us just lack the know-how to be so. In my opinion, creativity is the ability to combine motivation, inspiration, and the imagination to make something. If that is true, and I believe it is, then why can’t creativity be taught?

We can all be motivated. We can all be inspired. We were all born with an imagination. If what we need to do is combine all of that to be creative, then I don’t see the problem. Most anyone can be taught how to make something. Everyone is taught basic combination with 2 + 2. For some reason, though, creativity has been relegated to the “naturals.” It’s as if creativity is a glass ceiling in the rarefied atmosphere that can only be reached by those whom nature has deemed worthy.


I’m going to set the record straight. Creativity can be taught. Creativity can be learned.

Here’s how you do it –

  • Step 1: Accept Motivation. When someone or something is pushing you to use the skills you’re passionate about, go with it. If going with the push isn’t destructive to you or anyone else, but constructive for you, others, the world, and your purpose, don’t fight it. Embrace it. Drink it in. Go with the push.
  • Step 2: Seek Inspiration. Every creative person has to find what does and does not inspire them. Places to start looking for inspiration are people, places, things, experiences, and literature, just to name a few. Another great option is someone else’s creativity. Don’t be afraid to seek out like-minded individuals willing to pour themselves into you. They’ll have some ideas that you never thought of.
  • Step 3: Use Imagination. Your motivation, if you allow it, is what will push the inspiration you find into your mind. Let. It. Your ideas for creating will begin to take on a life of their own. Things to make will take shape in mental images, in numbers, in letters, or in philosophies. Let. Them. Once you allow your imagination room to breathe, you will be able to harness it and put it to use.
  • Step 4: Combine to Create. Accept the motivation to see inspiration which fuels the use of imagination. Then, take all of that creative energy you have now, all of those new ideas, and put them to use. Create. Make something.

If you aren’t naturally creative, that’s okay. If you want to be, you can be. Creativity is attainable.

I made this post with my creativity, what will you make with yours?


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About Alan V. Nelson

Alan V. Nelson is a writer living in North Carolina. Through the use of fiction and non-fiction, his mission is to encourage hope and healing in others. When he isn't writing, reading, taking pictures, or on a long walk, he can be found enjoying good chai and conversation at a local coffee shop. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram @alanvnelson

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