I like to think of creativity as a river. All the creativity and innovation in the world is in that river. You just have to wade the rivers of creativity and let it come to you. Sometimes it can take hours to capture the thing that piques your interest. Sometimes it comes to you in no time at all. When I was a kid, I remember playing in house corner for hours. I’d do my baby dolls laundry, organize the little space the way I wanted it, make dinner and feed my baby doll. I’d play so long I ended up sleeping in the house. I tell that story to remind us all that we have to let ourselves play for hours. We should play so long, we fall sleep doing it. I have to admit, lately I’ve got so much going on that I don’t have time to play creatively. I keep telling myself, things will get easier soon. Things will come together and give me more time to play and create and read and write the things I have fun writing about.
Sometimes I find myself asking but how do I even find the river? It’s so funny, my creative time at the library isn’t starting and finishing a bunch of books. It’s skimming them for different ideas. The intro sentence, formatting, prose, dialogue, and whether they have one of those summaries on the dust cover. It sounds like I’m cheating, but it inspires me. It reminds me that in the sea of books that surround me, my ability to story tell isn’t so bad.
Time is a great resource when it comes to wading in the creative river but let’s be honest, we don’t all have the same access to time. When I was studying during my momcation, I learned so so much and really enjoyed every second of my time. I finished a lit theory course. I read about black literature. I found so many black authors I had never heard of. I learned how important it is to intentionally learn from writers outside of my community, culture, and even more so my country. I dove head first into that river and captured as much information I could in the 3 weeks I had away from my mom duties.
When it comes to time, something I have to remind myself is that the river is always there. I may not have the same amount of time as I did on my momcation but I can find ways to capture all I can in my daily rigmarole, which hasn’t been easy for me.
But we must find a way to release our creativity into the world, so onward!! Here’s to finding creativity in monotony.