Yes, You ARE Creative!
By Chris Dunmire
Are you one of those people who claim ‘not to have a
creative bone in your body?’ If so, you’re going
this newsflash: Yes, you ARE creative!
Why am I so confident in telling you this? For the simple
fact that I’ve observed countless people in my life — friends,
family, and co-workers — make
this same claim only to later realize how wrong they were! Oh,
what? I used to be one of those “I’m not creative” people
I’ll tell you what. If you still don’t believe my
that, Yes, you ARE Creative!, I challenge you with the
3 Ways to Explore Your Creativity
I’m a firm believer that you can easily tap into your
creativity by expressing yourself through creative arts,
crafts, or writing. I want you to choose any one of these
mediums for this exercise.
Next, I’m going to prompt you with a project idea that
must agree to spend at least 15-30 minutes of your time on.
Okay, are you ready? Here goes...
If you choose:
Draw, sketch, paint, or collage a picture that incorporates
these five elements (realistically or abstractly):
Using craft sticks, papers, yarns, fabrics, or found
objects, do one of the following:
- Design an easy craft project for a pre-school class.
- Pretend you’re a world famous artist and build
a 3D sculpture for an upcoming gallery show. (Keep
in mind that anything you create will be adored and snatched
up by your fans, even if you think it looks like junk.)
- Create an abstract ornament to be auctioned off at your
Using up to 100 words, write about the following:
- Your autobiography.
- A major event that altered your life course.
- Give advice to your ten-year-old self
Now I’m going to sit here and wait until you get back
doing one of these creativity-inducing exercises. Once you
finish, read on...
(ah, ah — no looking ahead!)
Did you really do it? Did you sincerely put forth the time
and effort (15-30 minutes) on one of the creativity
exercises I prompted you with above? What happened when you
did? Did you have fun? Did you create something new and
unusual? Did you come away from it thinking, “Wow, I
didn’t know I had it in me!”
Chances are that the process was positive and you gained
some interesting insight into your ability to be creative.
See what happens when your mind is focused and you’re open
to new creative experiences? Amazing things take place once
you stop believing that you aren’t creative, and start
practicing new ways to allow your creativity to surface.
So now what? Well, after you stop jumping up and down for
joy, this new insight into your creative self should
encourage you to keep moving forward to discovering your
true creative potential. Revisit some of my creativity
exercises if you need more prompts to keep you going.
I guarantee that the more attention you put towards your
creativity, the more amazing results you’ll get in return.
No ‘bones’ about it! •
Copyright Chris Dunmire 2005. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Chris Dunmire is the driving force behind the Creativity
Portal Web site, where visitors are encouraged to explore
and express their creativity through free art and craft
projects, writing prompts, and other creativity-inducing
activities. To learn more, visit the Creativity Portal at
www.creativity-portal.com and subscribe to its