What exactly do I mean when I talk about living a creative life? If it isn’t quitting your job to become a professional artist or running away to discover yourself, what exactly does a creative life look like? Well, the way I look at it, if you’re willing tweak some thought patterns and ingrained beliefs, the whole world really is a stage. Meaning that your creativity can infuse any and all parts of your life.
Maybe it is music or writing or dancing or “traditional” art. But you could just as easily express your creativity through cooking, how you dress, or hell even finding the perfect way to organize your closet. If Pinterest has taught us anything, it’s that anything can be art, from color-coordinated bookshelves to birthday cakes.
My primary creative outlet is writing. It’s my bread and butter, the root of my professional creative dreams, and basically the way I make sense of the world. If I can find the story behind any given string of events, facts, or thoughts, I can understand it.
But for all my love and dedication to writing and storytelling, it can be draining. And if I tried to direct all of my creative energy into it, pretty soon there would be nothing left. Which is why you will find my home dotted with random pieces of art I’ve painted, pillows and coasters I’ve made, and other arts and crafts projects in various states of completion. It’s also why when I get the urge to cook, I usually tackle it with the same passion and improvisation usually associated with jazz music.
All of this is to say that a creative life looks however you damn well want it to. Whether you hole up in your home office typing away at the next great American novel or take pride in the unique recipes that feed your family, your creative life is exactly that: yours. And it’s not my place to shove any of it into a set of one-size-fits-all rules, nor is it even possible.
So if you come to this blog as a fellow writer, you’ll find plenty of commiseration and the occasional pearl of wisdom on the writing process. But mostly you’ll find me trying to figure out how to be a writer and generally creative person without losing my mind, neglecting my responsibilities, ignoring the people I love or forgetting to have fun. You’ll find me trying to fill my creative well in every way I know how, trying to answer the very question I’ve asked here: What exactly does my creative life look like?