Creativity Needs Some Kind of Community

Sometimes I don’t get out very much. I got lucky the past couple of months to see favorite authors in the city, but in a sense I’m still homebound. When I’ve spent too much time alone, I find that there’s nothing ready to come out when I’m ready to write or create. When that happens, I sign into Facebook and see what my friends are doing.  I read blogs that interest me. It might be a title, a word, or an image that makes a connection in my mind. Suddenly I have something to say.

I’m rarely able to plan blog posts in advance, as much as I would love to do so, because I never know when ideas will come. I’m working on this, though. One thing I am quite sure of is that sometimes the inspirations only come when I’m connected to people in some way. Otherwise I tend to get quite lost in my own mind.The wheels start spinning, and before I know, yes, I’ve written “something,” but that something is usually a muddled thought that doesn’t enrich or uplift anyone’s life.

Even a few minutes on Facebook, if I can be aware of how long I’m spending on the site, can help me clarify an idea and put it into words that are beneficial and encouraging.

I hope that one day my community becomes more in-person again, because I know I need it. But for now, the amazing people I have connected with on Facebook are forming the kind of community that provides me a safety net and the kind of connections that never leave me unchallenged and uninspired.

Creativity requires community.




About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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