Creativity

creativity

Project quote:

“The creativity of the human mind is endless.” (Robert H. Fetner, Memories of Miami Vice: Real Stories, 2018)

My thoughts:

Creativity. The quality of being creative.

Who do you associate with these words? An artistic person. Someone who is colorful, imaginative, full of ideas.

I believe it’s even more than that.

The root of the word is create. Create means to build, invent, conceive, originate.

The human mind has the potential for doing so much more than simply following directions, or practicing things already learned, or repeating the same actions over and over.

Creativity, as I see it, involves looking for new solutions for old problems. Ignoring assumed limitations and forming new thoughts, new ideas. Forming concrete plans for events or systems or projects or concepts that you’ve never experienced and possibly don’t already exist. Improving on things that do.

Other words I associate with creativity are imagination and ingenuity. Creativity can apply to any field, any station in life, work, play, art.

Everyone has their place and will hopefully figure out what that is. But where would we be without the creative people? The inventors, the dreamers, ones who can build something out of little, who can see what others can’t. We would simply be creatures of habit, no sparks of brilliance; and we wouldn’t even realize what was missing.

I, for one, marvel at the creativity of the human mind and the capacity for achieving the impossible, for making something beautiful for a specific purpose or simply for the joy it can bring. I’m thankful for this God-given gift that lies within all of us, regardless of our age, stature, and status.

As an exercise, I made a list of types of individuals commonly thought to be creative along with a list of a few other types of creativity I came up with.

Let me know in the comments what else you think could be considered an example of creativity. I’d love to hear your ideas, especially any that I might never have thought of myself.

Creative folks:

Poet
Painter
Chef
Architect
Fashion designer
Composer

More:

  • Do-it-yourself handyman who finds ways to repair and adjust household fixtures, furnishings, etc. without instructions, using whatever is available.
  • Babysitter who comes up with fun and engaging activities or crafts to teach and occupy the kids in their care.
  • Stand-up comics who improvise their content based on their audience and surroundings
  • Youtubers who develop their own entertaining and useful content instead of simply reposting other people’s ideas
  • Personal trainer who develops stretches, exercises and customized activities for clients with limitations and specific goals.
  • Entrepreneur who makes their own opportunities by finding numerous ways of harnessing his or her skills to serve others and make a successful living.

**Comment below with your additions!


Editing projects for weeks ending July 29, 2018:
Nonfiction Memoir, (several) academic research articles
Client countries: US, China


 

Imagine

fear

Project quote:

“Many of our fears exist only in our mind. We may instantly imagine bad things happening without any evidence.”  (Tom Henricksen, Relationship Management for Technical Professionals, 2018)

My thoughts:

Fear can be a protection. But it can also hold us back from many rewarding experiences in life. Courage is born from fear. Some of my proudest moments, some of my most rewarding moments were made possible because I fought against a specific fear and took a risk. One person might consider certain actions or words as reckless, while another might see it as an opportunity. When asked what my greatest fear was, I’ve never share this with anyone, maybe as a self-preservation mechanism. But I’ve learned the value of admitting my fears to myself. Only then can I challenge them.

Maybe instead of imagining the bad things that could happen, imagine the good that can happen. Even if the attempt fails fantastically—imagine the relief from knowing you finally tried. Imagine the boost of confidence you’ll feel, knowing you have the strength to challenge yourself, and your fears.


Editing projects for weeks ending June 3, 2018:
Reword privacy policy, Fitness website video transcript, Nonfiction book

Client countries:  UK, Israel, US


 

Perspective

remote

Project quote

“Out of the far horizon, came a vast city of lights, row stacked upon row, level over level battering fast in their direction, nearly headlong into the wind. It was a mountain of lights that crossed their bows faster into the wind than they ran with it.
“The heart of a monstrous beast throbbed within this vessel, the sound of its grumbling came to them through the soles of their feet. At the stern of the titan, boiled a violent turbulence.”    (M. Smorenburg; Ragnarok: Worlds Collide)

My thoughts

I had the pleasure of editing a second book for author Michael Smorenburg these past few weeks. This one included characters that hold a special place in my heart—Vikings—partly because I am Norwegian on my dad’s side, and partly because I find much of their culture noble and fascinating.

The quote above is a description of sights beheld by Vikings temporarily misplaced in the modern world, from the viewpoint of the Viking men. There are many more examples of this in the book, and they are all wonderful, and contribute to the authenticity.

This type of narration is so powerful, in my opinion, because it persuades readers to see familiar things through the eyes of someone who has no knowledge of them. As a writer, I find that viewing everyday objects, tools or events in this same manner really helps me to be more detailed with descriptions.

It would be easy to simply describe everything as “magic” and leave it at that, but that wouldn’t really portray what the subject is observing and perceiving. Similar to when one is trying to explain something to a child, it’s necessary to compare unfamiliar items with things that they are already familiar with and build from there.

What is something that you think would be challenging to describe to someone from a different place or time? It doesn’t necessarily have to be electronic technology, but it could be.


Editing projects for week ending May 21, 2017
Large fiction book
Client countries: South Africa