I was so happy that so many of you participated in this engagement exercise, it was hard to pick a favorite with so many great responses so I have pasted them all in the order they came in the comments! Do read them and add your thoughts in the comments. I won’t be making another post on it but that does not mean that the engagement stops here…connect with one another, comment and keep creating ! You make the world a better place! Thank you to all who participated!
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ― Maya Angelou
I thought I would do an engagement exercise and learn more about my wonderful blogging community…I would like to know, Why do you create? Whether it’s a piece of writing or an art work…whether it’s waiting for hours for that perfect picture or mastering the perfect recipe…
Why do you create? Would love to read your comments and might add the most liked comment to the post ! Hope to hear from all of you! This exercise will be open until the end of February!
Some days she rushed away her mind distracted in a jumble of thoughts…
but there were days when she waited… waited for the sun to dip low in the horizon the colors to change in the sky to let her heart feel the evening breeze watch the trees be kissed by dusk’s glow as she let her imagination fly…
and those days her smile appeared on her face without denying the truth she felt inside.
poetry copyright neha/ image borrowed from Sue Vincent
January 31, 2018 at 4:27 pm
Why do I create? Because I have no choice–writing is the fuel. It jumpstarts me, relieves me, allows me to grow, and keeps me afloat. It keeps me connected spiritually and mentally. It gives me the opportunity to express myself in written form with the words will not flow freely from my mouth. I create because it’s in my blood, because it is my life force, because I cannot see myself doing anything else expressively.
January 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm
Because the ideas have to go somewhere…or I’d burst 🙂
January 31, 2018 at 4:43 pm
I create (write and draw) because those efforts can be exactly what my heart and imagination want. In other capacities, the look and feel of my writing are dictated by others, but when I create on my own, I can be the artist/editor. Plus, I live in a house with white walls. I have to get the colors out somewhere.
January 31, 2018 at 5:15 pm
I am very passionate about preserving history – especially military history. I’ve visited many battlefields and when I do, I’m always struck by how many people were lost in that one spot. Real people like you and me, each one with real lives and real stories. I’m sure they would want to be remembered, so I do my best to bring some attention to it by writing historical fiction, and providing people a way to connect to and experience that history through characters’ perspectives. It’s something that’s bigger than me and don’t think I could stop even if I wanted!
January 31, 2018 at 5:35 pm
January 31, 2018 at 5:38 pm
It is one of the many things I have stumbled across. Today I’m busy, but one glass of wine, and it comes out, without it staying here… but eventually it seeks a place to grow. Nice thread.
January 31, 2018 at 5:56 pm
I write and create so that people can see something they have never seen before.
January 31, 2018 at 6:22 pm
It allows my body mind & soul to center onto the page. Freeing myself of self , truly necessary for peace of mind.
January 31, 2018 at 6:47 pm
I suppose you could say I create, but it really is the Spirit of God that moves me to write my poetry and songs. I don;t write unless He gives me something to write. I do it because He has asked me to, and because I know it is the ministry He has me in during my cancer recovery. He has been so merciful to me!
January 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm
I create to inspire and entertain. I want people to find something they can relate to or something that brings a smile or laugh to their day. Thank you, Neha!
January 31, 2018 at 6:53 pm
I think, therefor, I… oops, that’s been used before. I breath, therefore I create. Better. For I can stop creating about as easily as I can stop breathing, and it would most likely have the same effect on me if I stopped either for too long 😉
January 31, 2018 at 8:11 pm
I do acrylics on canvas, that was the best way i felt i could express. Eventually i started feeling the urge to write what i imagined in that. So that’s what i do now. I paint and write poetry on my painting. Sometimes i write poetry first and paint something that goes with it based on my imagination.
January 31, 2018 at 9:19 pm
I write because it’s what makes me feel alive. It feels like what I was born to do. A wise rocker once said “my heart is like an open highway.” That is exactly how it feels when I’m creating a whole new thing on the page.
January 31, 2018 at 9:36 pm
I write from my heart Neha and when I feel I have something to say. It’s my way of expressing myself. I’ve also recently begun sharing my music here which is something else that fuels my creativity. It’s my passion, both my writing and my music, and I’ve realised that it’s also like a legacy. I want to make a difference and give something back. It’s what I want to leave the world when I’m no longer here. Hopefully, more so than just photos, my kids and family and those who know me can look back and see who I was through what I’ve created and left behind. ❤
January 31, 2018 at 10:12 pm
Self expression, self discovery, to be understood, to be part of a community of makers…
February 1, 2018 at 12:19 am
I write because it’s therapeutic and my body craves creating like oxygen 🙂
February 1, 2018 at 2:33 am
Writing is like second nature to me. It feels like breathing. It’s a heart to heart connection, a sacred communion with God and the essence of life, a way to share my feelings, emotions, to inspire others.
February 1, 2018 at 4:13 am
My writing explodes from my mind and fingertips. Im compelled to write.
February 1, 2018 at 8:21 am
I love writing because I’m creating art with words. I’ve never been much of a painter, drawer, etc, and when I found writing I fell in love. I take a lot of my bad (and good) experiences and turn them into poems. A lot of things I can’t say in a normal way or talk about, I turn into a big metaphor and use it as a poem. I love the release writing gives me. I love feeling like I’m creating an art that every person can see differently.
February 1, 2018 at 8:27 am
I photograph from some inner drive. It started with traveling the country and wanting to share the beauty. Now when I see beauty, I feel the need to capture a slice and share! Then writing helps reinforce the feelings and sharing via blogging is a great way to both share and connect to a larger community.
February 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm
I create to feel alive, to express myself, and to try and share the light and love within me. 😊❤
February 2, 2018 at 11:09 pm
I write so I can sleep at night. I write so I can try to sort of maintain some level of sanity in an entirely insane world. Writing is the step I take back from the edge of the cliff. A blank page is better than any therapist, and its much more exhaling than creating.
February 7, 2018 at 10:13 pm
i write cause i dont talk much. all the thoughts and expressions i am only able to let loose in my blogs….just started actually, and also to cope with 11th grade (its a torture)
February 12, 2018 at 5:19 pm
It keeps me sane…that is why I create…it helps my mental health.
Although I have separated my writing, this blog I writ spiritual pieces in my tinaaltman.com I share verse which come to me during my struggles with depression, anxiety and ptsd…if I didnt write about it I feel I would be very unwell so its like medicine for me.
February 14, 2018 at 10:36 pm
I have always imagined, and I suppose I must have wanted a record of my imagining? As a child I wrote stories and got immense pleasure from the act of writing. This stayed with me. I am most absorbed when I am writing. Gardening is a less intensely focused form of creating, but gives me equal, if not more, pleasure. I suppose gardening is a less exposing form of creativity.
February 24, 2018 at 8:36 pm
I love using unusual colours to create expressive animal paintings that help to support wildlife conservation projects and animal welfare initiatives. Fun with purpose! How could I not create?!
February 25, 2018 at 6:39 am
Over the years, I’ve been the recepient of many acts of kindness and generosity. I’ve also observed ordinary folk stepping up to make a difference in the lives of others. I hope I’ve done some good. So I’ve started writing about Acts of Kindness to thank these unsung everyday heroes. I wish I’d kept a journal so I could recall more but I’ll poking at the old memory bank 😄
February 26, 2018 at 10:14 am
Drawing is the only thing that brings me peace of mind in a stressful life. The blog has brought me into contact with kindred spirits who I regard as family.
February 26, 2018 at 10:47 am
The most obvious answer is that I create because I don’t have a choice. It’s a part of me I cannot deny. But the more complicated answer is that it allows me to express something I can’t express any other way. I write because it gives me a sense of fulfilment, it’s therapy, it’s a challenge, it’s a release. I like the feeling of making something that no one else could have made, to have created something out of nothing. I can’t imagine my life without writing.
February 26, 2018 at 10:22 am
I see each of my creations (stories and poems) as a mother sees her child. They will be the traces of me that will be left in this world forever!
February 26, 2018 at 10:26 am
Because it was an introduction to public writing. I learned that creativity is infinite, you just have to tune in to the vibe that get your juices flowing (different types of music equate to various moods and types of writing). Being new to writing, I also learned that the emotions extend through the pen, which can be very liberating when done with grace. You have to laugh at yourself and life a lot, or you are stuck on something that needs releasing. Thank you to those that “discover” me.
February 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm
I create to tap into my Deep Beauty within me that fills me with indescribable JOY. Using the Talents I was given gives me such pleasure. It is also THE means to show whoever views my work my Heart and Soul. My Gifts free me to soar, to fly, to merge with profound Satisfaction. This is who I am, Neha. My Gifts show the world who I am. I couldn’t stop this Flow within me even if I tried. I feel cleansed somehow many times when I finish something I began creating. And to be able to share this ME with others, is a great privilege!! 🌸🌸🌸
February 26, 2018 at 12:32 pm
I write/blog firstly for mindfulness. I’ve been soul-searching during the last couple of years and through counselling came to realise I’d rarely taken time out of my day for me. Just me. I’d done things for the family, for friends, for parents.
Now I am doing something just for me.
Discovering new people – like you!
Communicating with them too – like now!
Have a great week and if you live in the UK, stay warm and free of snowdrifts❄
February 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm
Why do I create or write or what inspires me to be who I am; is God, Jesus, their Spirit that binds them All. Here is My Wish to You !!
I wish you more joy,
than sorrow, one can give.
More love than,
your heart can confine.
than any precious stones.
I wish you more sunshine,
than darkness or shadows.
More comfort than,
trouble or pain.
More grace than,
And more days filled,
with rainbows than showers.
My Wish To You!
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February 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm
The reason I create is to inspire but also to make a part of my inner self visible. In sharing a part of myself I hope to inspire others to share a part of themselves and therefore fill their lives with the beautiful meaning they brought here.
February 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm
I always had a spiritual connection with God and His love, and he inspires me to always create! People who know the creator, are blessed with that spirit of creation, to lift and inspire always. That is my gift from Him…and with that creative spirit within…it is a healing blessing to me every day. Your idea inspires. Hugs and blessings to you and your family!
All I Think Of
Where my treasure
lies so deep within
is the only place
where one will find
In my blissful dreams
where I silently wait
deep in my sleep are
You held so true.
In my awakened state
where my mind does
paint, perfect images
of the lovely things
One will always find
the secret of my hearts
love, finding each day
all I think of Lord, is You.
February 26, 2018 at 5:22 pm
I write because God gave me the awesome gift of creativity and I feel He gave me that gift for a reason. Also, if I had to hold all my ideas inside my head, my poor brain would explode.
February 26, 2018 at 6:12 pm
I write only what God gives me, and He has asked me to share it with everyone I can. It’s a pleasure to hear everyone’s comments. And its a joy to share with others what God so freely gives me.
February 26, 2018 at 6:26 pm
It is seeing the finished product that makes me proud