Writing

On learning to be creative

creativity

It started with a story. A lie, perhaps. About a dog. She created a pet out of nowhere and talked about him to her friends. Word got back to her mother: ‘So when did you guys a dog?’ After finding out that she’d been confabulating, she got into trouble. It didn’t stop her from telling stories. Except this time, she wrote them down on paper. Or she created them in her head and shared them out loud to help her little sister fall asleep.

It continued with some scribbles in class. And then a few words. The words joined together to form some rhymes. They seemed to flow during the most mundane times. Like when it was essential to focus in science or social studies. The rhymes found their way onto the backs of school books. At other times they were scribbled on the desk.

People around her were good at dancing or singing or art. She didn’t think she had any gifts. Of course she wasn’t creative. She had two left feet, could only sing in the shower and couldn’t draw to save her life. She’d hidden her poems and stories, too shy to let the world see them. Some others had found their way into the dustbin.

It was only one day when her seven year old sister came home from school and told her that her class had loved the story she’d written, that she realised she just probably could write. Sure, she was mad at her sister for taking her story without permission but she was secretly pleased at the response.

Was it a gift? She couldn’t tell.

But it was something that she could work on.

So she wrote for years — a scribble here and a scribble there. Poetic lines and rhymes. She had only one critic as she was afraid for the world to see them. Slowly and surely, she let the world see her pieces. It was easier as they couldn’t see her. But her love for writing grew and to nurture this creativity, she took up a course. A course that would open her up to face-to-face feedback. A daunting task but one that she has been doing for over a year.

She can see herself getting better. Nowhere close to some others she admires. But far better than where she has been.

If you ask her can creativity be learned, she’ll tell you it can be pruned and honed.

Because, in the end, everyone can write. Everyone has a story.

We just need help in telling it.

To do that, we need to be brave to share it.

***Linking with the Write Tribe Festival of Words Four – Day 1***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    May 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Cheers to having that courage.

    I hate it when people I know find my blog or ask me about it. I’m scared of what they will say about it or how they will judge me on the basis on what I write on my blog.
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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    May 26, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Cheers to having that courage.

    I hate it when people I know find my blog or ask me about it. I’m scared of what they will say about it or how they will judge me on the basis on what I write on my blog.
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  • Harini
    May 27, 2015 at 2:05 am

    The more you write the better you get. Sharing your exact thoughts is always scary. You are scared of the reaction you receive.
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  • Harini
    May 27, 2015 at 2:05 am

    The more you write the better you get. Sharing your exact thoughts is always scary. You are scared of the reaction you receive.
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  • Cat Graham
    May 27, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I love this, Sanch and could totally relate to it. Good for you taking that course and honing your writing. You must share your wonderful writing with the world. Leaving it in a notebook or on the computer just isn’t right. That’s how I think anyhow. Loved the story of how it began with your sister sharing one of your stories years ago. Funny how this writing bug grabs us at an early age, eh? I’ve loved writing all my life but it’s only later in life that I’ve really embraced it and seen it as something vital, a part of me that needs expression.
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  • Cat Graham
    May 27, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I love this, Sanch and could totally relate to it. Good for you taking that course and honing your writing. You must share your wonderful writing with the world. Leaving it in a notebook or on the computer just isn’t right. That’s how I think anyhow. Loved the story of how it began with your sister sharing one of your stories years ago. Funny how this writing bug grabs us at an early age, eh? I’ve loved writing all my life but it’s only later in life that I’ve really embraced it and seen it as something vital, a part of me that needs expression.
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  • Sushree Dash
    May 27, 2015 at 3:23 am

    It’s great to know that she found the courage and her sister helped her in it 🙂 Cutely written 🙂 Loved it.
    Good to have connected 🙂
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  • Sushree Dash
    May 27, 2015 at 3:23 am

    It’s great to know that she found the courage and her sister helped her in it 🙂 Cutely written 🙂 Loved it.
    Good to have connected 🙂
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  • Parul
    May 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    That’s was beautiful..Most of the time in life, all we need is a little courage and then every thing falls into place. Awesome post!
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  • Parul
    May 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    That’s was beautiful..Most of the time in life, all we need is a little courage and then every thing falls into place. Awesome post!
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  • Fiona
    May 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    🙂 those first steps are the hardest!
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  • Fiona
    May 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    🙂 those first steps are the hardest!
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  • Vinitha
    May 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Everyone has a story, we just need help tyo share it. Agree completely, Sanch.
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  • Vinitha
    May 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Everyone has a story, we just need help tyo share it. Agree completely, Sanch.
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