Creative people have been labelled one too many things since the beginning of time. Some true, some not, and some, just darn hilarious. Creative people are those who dig into the vast wealth of their minds or psyches, more than all others. They are consistently looking to discover, reinvent and/or create things out of their imaginations and myriad ideas, usually leading to a whole new level of genius. Their beliefs are, more often than not, colourful and almost represent some type of fantasy. However, they have proven to be the most ironic people ever created. Smart yet naïve, focused yet unstable, and conservative yet rebellious… Creative people are the artists, the poets, the inventors, the ones that refuse to conform and insist on thinking up their own realities. If you happen to work as a creative person, then you have heard one or two things. One or two biased, and awfully exaggerated things.
Being a writer, I know there are one too many stereotypes creative writers get tagged with. ‘To be a good creative writer, you have to be a stoner’; ‘writers are alcoholics’, ‘writers are addicted to coffee’, and ‘writers are loners’. I was particularly struck with the idea of writers dying in style. You know, overdosed on anti-stress pills, painkillers, or worse. A lot of these creative writers do great as alcoholics, maniacs even, and never ever forget to leave a creative exit story for the rest of us to look at long after they’re gone. So it’s not too hard to see why people think some writers are psycho-crazy geniuses. Honestly, in moments when I’m looking for the next word to write, towards the completion of my next creation and it seems like the world is going to crash alongside by ‘intense writer’s block’ moment; I can almost believe it. But this, just as the other interesting theorems about creative people are stereotypes, hearsays, or myths. Regardless, just for the fun of it, here are some of the myths about creative people that are just too good to be real.
1) Creativity comes from infinite and divine sources
This just has to be the most interesting myth ever. A lot of people have hung on to a belief that creative prowess comes from some divine mystical powers that govern the earth, and are whispered to the hearing of a lucky few. Some even believe that there were certain alien invasions that gave certain humanoids special powers.
Since the powers are divine, there is the idea that creativity comes in a flash, and must be caught in the moment it was dropped in the heart of the creative people by these supernatural beings. I’m sure you can already taste the gibberish in all of this. The only logical reason creative people receive insights to things momentarily, is because they have probably been thinking about it every other minute. That epiphany, usually shows that one has been in the innovative process and finally got an answer.
2) Some are born creative, while some are not
Creative people are usually seen as gifted people. Those who were born with it, and who really cannot lose it. First, the roles tied to creativity has been restricted to painting, inventing, artistry, and related jobs, for far too long. So it is not surprising that we think it is an inborn thing. In the real sense, anybody can be creative from doing anything. People learn the skills and then add their own finishing touches of creativity to ensure they stand out. People develop their talents and outshine others, not because their creative genes were a little stronger but because of their extra effort. Admittedly, some people seem to have a much natural flair for creativity more than others and it can be credited to so much more than luck. More often than not, the winners are the ones that put in the more effort in trying to achieve their goals.
3) Creative people are usually unstable
The only idea behind my observation of writers dying like they were tired of living, is that they have been mentally, emotionally, or psychologically unstable. There has always been an idea that the creatives have this Einstein syndrome that makes them possibly deranged. A lot of them have OCD and can’t do without popping pills. This is not forgetting the constant availability of liquid courage that aids their thinking process.
Sometimes, the reason for this bias is that some creatives are so good, it is assumed that they had to be insane to think such things up. When you spend so long mentally exercising your mind, ordinary thoughts start to bore you. No doubt, some creative people have become so immersed in their work that they lose track of the rest of the world; but, it is almost as frequent with the non-creatives (This group tends to be overlooked). There are also a lot of sane creative people that are doing so well without all the vices, but the picture of a psycho creative person catches a better gaze of astonishment. Oh well…