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The Blurred Line of Creativity and Need

a2z is for Creativity


Why does anyone create?


Are we driven by some great need to make something never made before?
Use the back of a bus to create more storage
BussShed or ShedBuss?

Or

Is creativity driven by need?

In this case someone needed more storage than the shed could hold. Creative solution? Cut an opening in the wall and add the back of a buss.

In 1929 Laura Ingalls Wilder's family suffered financially from the stock market crash. She began writing biographical stories which became the Little House on the Prairie books. Would she have written them if the need hadn't been great? Was it creativity or need for Laura? 

My son, Andy is an artist. He's painted some amazing stuff and paints what he enjoys, but that line becomes blurred when bills are higher than expected. Then he paints smaller canvases which sell faster. Those are the ones I can afford!

Painting of Foreset Park by Andrew Brandmeyer
Forest Park by Andrew Brandmeyer

I create but not out of need--right now.
I write what I love, and if all goes well I get published.  There may come a time when I must use that creativity in a way I don't love--the worst thing I can think of is writing an article for a math magazine.

Do those exist? Shudder. I can't imagine what kind of chaos I could create between the covers.

How have you blurred the line of creativity and need?

Diana


14 comments:

  1. I am thankful that I don't have a need that MAKES me be creative for financial reasons. Other needs, like organizing my large family, stress my creativity to the max some days. :)

    Blessings.

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    1. Me too Ginger. I'm pretty sure I'd fail.
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  2. I'm not desperate enough to write math articles, either. I'm also pretty sure they don't want me to!

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    1. Valerie, it's nice to know I'm not alone in the "I don't do math club."
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  3. I would probably get a rejection letter from a Math magazine that said, "Don't do that again!" Ha ha! I haven't blurred the lines between creativity and need... yet. Hope I never have to. Right now, I write because that's what I feel God has called me to do. Until then... well, we'll see. ;] Good post.

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    1. See, that's how silly I am! I didn't even consider a math magazine would reject me. :)
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  4. Out of need I had to face the maths monkey on my back. Not to make money, for home schooling. Well, suppose then it did make money in a way because money did not leave. But writing an article for the mathematics magazine, No. Actually that is writing for anything.

    Thank you for the visit.

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    1. Retha, sometimes you just have to *cliche alert* bite the bullet!
      Diana

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  5. I like this. Thank you, Diana. I like your son's artwork, too. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you Janet, I'll let him know you like it.
      Diana

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  6. The line between creativity and need gets blurred for me when our nonprofit organization needs to put out a newsletter and I'm the one with the technical and creative skills to do it. No pay involved, just an expectation to be met that our donors will hear from us once a year. Afterward the funds roll in for more restoration projects at our historic state park, so it's worth the time and effort, and that pay is actually better than what I get for my fiction writing.

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    1. Great Lakes Romances,
      Newsletters take forever to get out. It's nice that you do it for the park. What park is it? Where is it?
      Diana

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  7. You hit the nail on the head for me... I'm writing articles as a stringer for the local papers. On assignment. It's definitely a case of NEED trumping creativity, and that makes it hard. I have to really work to wrap my head around ways to write some of these articles creatively!

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    1. Niki,
      I've had to do few of those in the past (need jobs) and it is hard. Hugs.
      Diana

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