Someone posed an interesting question to me this week. The question was this: How do you know when you're really being creative versus just writing to complete a project?
I know when kids are being creative. They exhibit pure joy while they are pretending either with friends or by themselves. They take on the persona of the character they are portraying. They really become immersed in their role and they get lost in their actions.
I stopped to think about myself and my writing. I guess I'm not being creative when I have to labor to put words onto paper or when I keep glancing at the clock to see how late it is getting.
I think I am the most creative when I lose all track of time and allow myself to do what I encourage teachers and parents to do...wallow in spontaneity and the love of language.
I'm creative when I have no thoughts about today or tomorrow - only the here-and-now. All things are created equal when I write. I have no sense of good grammar or bad spelling. My words just flow onto paper.
There must be other ways to know when I'm really creative. How do you know when you're creative...better yet, how do you activate your creative mode?
I'm doing a school visit tomorrow. (or today if you're reading on Friday). Wish me luck!