DISCUSSION: The Value of Creativity


When asked if I'm a creative person, I don't hesitate to say 'yes'. I strive towards being creative simply because creativity is a trait I value highly. And, whilst I'm not overtly wacky and original in a Luna Lovegood-esque way, I'm not shy when it comes to being as creative as possible.

Since a young age, I've dedicated a lot of time towards writing, doodling, sketching, painting, journalling and – of recent – blogging. Why? First and foremost, because I enjoy it, but also because creativity seems, to me, a necessity. And, if you were to ask me where its value lies, the easiest way to answer is this: where would we be without it? We'd have no books or art, no films or plays, no architecture, no fashion, no blogs, no photography… we'd have very little of any worth. And, to me, that's where the value of creativity lies.

Yet, despite the theory of stripping away all things creative to see what's left, creativity isn't physical. Creativity isn't an object. Creativity can't be touched. And yet it can be channelled into physical form through so many different means. Anything can be original, any task completed in a quirky manner with a small dose of creativity. And, to me, that's where the value of creativity lies.

And yet, you don't have to ration out creativity. You can't 'use up' all your creativity or be 'too creative'. Creativity is boundless. And, to me, that's where the value of creativity lies.

So, how much do you value creativity? Would you say you're a person who strives to be as creative as possible?

25 comments:

  1. THE GIF IS BEAUTIFUL <3

    A world without creativity would be a very dull place. In answer to your question, I value creativity very highly - it's probably the thing I like most in a person, next to humour and kindness. :)

    I definitely strive to be as creative as possible as I've always been interested in drawing, photography, journaling, making music, and blogging (obviously) To be honest, I don't really understand people who aren't creative. What do they do for fun? O_O

    Lovely post as always :)

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    1. GLAD YOU LIKE IT. :)

      And yes, the world would indeed me a VERY dull place! And yep, WHAT DO THEY DO?

      Thank you Amber!

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  2. Creativity is more than just exciting, I think it's how we communicate on an emotional level. Understanding each other is so much easier when you can feel emotions in a melody or watch an experience unfold on the page! Totes very important.

    I think once you open the tap, creativity is something that just flows out of people in so so many ways. From web design, to painting, to just the way we tell people stories in conversation. It's all creative and all fabulous!

    (ALSO, I TOO HAVE STRONG FEELINGS OF LOVE FOR THAT GIF OMG)

    <3

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    1. I have nothing more to add to your points – you phrased them PERFECTLY. I 100% agree. :)

      And yay GLAD YOU LIKE IT! :D

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  3. Creativity is in everyone we just choose to use or not. I find creativity in the daydreaming, art, and blogging I do. Maybe people who don't use their creativity are just staring at the wall all day.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists

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  4. I adore this post. Once again Ruby, you writing hasn't failed to make me smile. Creativity is something that along with kindness and trust, I value the highest in another person. To me, that is one of the most important things - creativity. I play 4 instruments, and I love writing, drawing, painting and anything artistic - those things make me who I am. Creativity forms who we are so I believe it's extremely important.

    Loving the GIF!

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    1. Hehe thank you Holly – you always leave the best comments! :) And you play 4 instruments? Woah that's amazing! :)

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    2. Aw thank you!
      4 instruments, I know, my main instrument nowadays is Piano, but Ukulele, Cello and Violin aren't as frequent. In retrospect it's challenging learning so many :)

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  5. I think creativity is a very good title. I also think that creativity is diverse. Because we all have different opinions and views on things, everybody is creative in their own way. Creativity is versatile :P Awesome post, it really got me thinking!

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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    1. Yes to "creativity is versatile"! Glad it got you thinking. ;)

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  6. I definitely try to be as creative as possible, but I'm not exactly sure how much I succeed at it. Still, I like to think I'm pretty creative :) Also, while I'm pretty normal at first glance, inside I am exactly Luna Lovegood crazy! Great post, Ruby (and yeah, you really are creative in the best way possible)!

    Preethi @ Time Turning Reads (www.timeturningreads.blogspot.com)

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    1. I'm 100% sure you succeed at it aha. :) And thank you that's lovely to hear! :D

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  7. Wow - your GIF is so pretty, Ruby! Without doubt you're the most creative bloggers I know!:) Everybody tells me I'm creative... I do try to be, especially in photography which I've been getting into lately, but I definitely wouldn't say I'm as creative as many people I know, and aside from blogging things, I'm private with any creative projects.
    (Also, I would write about creativity but Mia, a few comments above, basically summed up everything I was thinking, haha!)
    Gee:)

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    1. Glad you like it! And AW THANK YOU – that's so lovely to hear! And you are totally creative (from what I've seen of all your doodles and whatnot!).

      Mia got it bang on, didn't she?! ;)

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  8. I completely agree with you on all points, but unfortunately I think I must be missing the creativity gene! Well, that's an exaggeration probably, but I've always been jealous of people who seem to have boundless imaginations. Have you heard J.K. Rowling's Harvard speech on the importance of imagination?

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    1. Haha! I doubt that though – your blog is INCREDIBLE. You always have such interesting post ideas and everything! :)

      And yes! It's brilliant (as are all of her speeches!). :)

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  9. The best thing about creativity is that it's endless :D I'm not sure if I'm really a creative person, but I do like to think about new content on my blog or things to draw. I used to write a lot of poetry and my own stories, so I guess that's also where my creativity lies.

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    1. The content of your blog is BEYOND creative! And anyone who loves fairytales as much as you has got to be creative. ;D *hopes you'll share some of that poetry with us one day*

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  10. I am always so blown away by your doodles, gifs, and images! It's really not hard to instantly see how creative you are. I echo a lot of the previous comments in saying that I really value creativity. The best part about creativity is that it can come in many forms and I truly believe that everyone is creative in their own way. Great discussion!

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  11. EPIC GIF , so cretive, your a world with out crteavite and ideas will be just B-O-R-I-N-G but creative is is top much then i have.

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  12. ^_^ You remind me of my art teacher when you talk about the world and creativity. She's always saying how everything we see today has been designed with art and creativity. "Without art we'd have to run around finding wild chickens to eat because nobody would have designed any packaging" {Direct Quote} That sounds very odd but I know deep down that she meant "Art is very important". Anyhoo beautiful post Ruby. Completely agree with you.

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  13. This post is gorgeous, Ruby! You're writing is beautiful and the GIF is so creative! As per usual, I LOVED reading it!

    -Sophie :) x

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  14. I WANT TO FRAME THAT GIF AND HANG IT ON MY WALL. ❤️❤️

    Anyway, CREATIVITY IS AWESOME. I like to think I am creative, and I hope that I am because otherwise I feel like I would be so bored without creativity in my life. ;) Great post! xx

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  15. I have just downloaded iStripper, so I can have the best virtual strippers on my desktop.

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