Creativity is generally recognized as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others.
To be creative, you need to be able to view things in new ways or from a different perspective. Among other things, you need to be able to generate new possibilities or new alternatives. Tests of creativity measure not only the number of alternatives that people can generate but the uniqueness of those alternatives. The ability to generate alternatives or to see things uniquely does not occur by change; it is linked to other, more fundamental qualities of thinking, such as flexibility, tolerance of ambiguity or unpredictability, and the enjoyment of things heretofore unknown. ~Human Motivation, 3rd ed., by Robert E. Franken
Hmmm…. ambiguity is an interesting word.
A lack of decisiveness or commitment resulting from a failure to make a choice between alternatives.
With that, I think I am on the verge of finding my inner pièce de résistance!
To me, it feels as if being creative is getting harder and harder because of the internet, and particularly because of Pinterest. My brain is getting clogged with other people’s colorways, layouts and ideas in general. But it is also becoming harder to pretend *you* thought that great idea up, when you see the same quilt over and over and over. Often with the exact same fabrics the originator used.
Still others think of creativity simply as re-arranging what came before, in new and unique ways.
How do you define creativity?
Do we need to reinvent to wheel to feel creative or just create our own, new version of what came before?