As an English major, one might correctly guess that some of my favorite ways of being creative have to do with reading and writing. Reading is creative because it takes some serious imagination to get words off of a page (sometimes words that were written hundreds of years ago) and apply them to real life. Or, if you read fiction, it takes some serious creativity to create the world you are reading about in your mind! Writing is inherently creative, as well, which is why it is one of my favorite creative pass times as well.
I enjoy other ways of being creative, too. I really love art--painting and doodling are two other ways I enjoy being creative. Like writing, with these two ways of being creative, you are taking literally nothing and making it into something beautiful. There are so many options when you are drawing or painting--you can create something in something else's likeness, or you are free to experiment with totally new ideas.
However, all of those things--reading, writing, drawing, painting--are pretty stereotypical ideas of activities that are creative. In fact, one might say that they are the least creative ways to be creative. I don't mean to diminish the creative abilities of readers, writers, drawers, and painters, but In my project for this class, I want to discover some ways to be creative that don't necessarily come to mind when someone says the word, "creative." Instead, I want to think about hobbies, majors, and jobs that don't seem to have much of a creative element, and figure out whether or not they actually are creative!
Because I do like to write so much, I think that I want to make this page into a blog where I write about my experiences with finding creativity where one might assume there is none. I want to talk to others about creativity in their lives, try out new hobbies, and even examine routine parts of my own life to find creativity in unexpected people, places, and activities.
Experiment One: This SparkPost was a first experiment in creativity. In an effort to not have to find royalty-free photos for my background, I wanted to make some. I played around with some different tools that were supposed here to help me be creative, but not all of them were very helpful. Literally the next day, working on a project for a different class in Microsoft Powerpoint, I was getting frustrated with the boring confines of the software. However, just as I was about to give up and make my presentation boring using an old, overused template once again, I found a way to customize my backgrounds using a gradient! Although I know Powerpoint is a creative tool by its very nature, I think we can all agree that it is slightly overused and has become monotonous. However, finding a tool that allowed me just play with color to make visually appealing backgrounds for both that project and this one felt fresh and fun and--dare I say--creative! Because not everything works, you know. You can't have yellow turn into purple, because then you get a gross greenish brown color in the middle. It definitely takes some trial-and-error. However, after a while, I was pleased with the various color schemes I created and I felt like I had done something fun instead of just simply completing school work. So hey, PowerPoint may still have some creative tricks up its sleeve after all.