On Creativity, Writing And Your True Self

Lately, I have been questioning a lot of things around me. I became especially concerned about my ways of thinking and what influences it.

Nothing inspires me more than a wonderful spoken or written word. And so in the moment of doubt, I look for answer that come in such forms. Let me share a couple of my recent discoveries that helped me find comfort in a minute of uncertainty.

Creativity
A few weeks back I have stumbled upon a list of TED talks on writing. 13 inspiring speeches by outstanding creators who are sharing their thoughts on stretching the boundaries of thinking and creating are worth listening if one is interested in such change.

Must admit, I sometimes think in the most stereotypical ways and that very moment I get to understand it is both daunting and liberating. Daunting, because I never thought I could be so attached to “beliefs” that have no grounding. Liberating, because the moment I understand my wrongs, I am free from making the same mistake again. But there will be more mistakes, more daunting and liberating moments to experience and learn from.

Writing
With my fellow blog writers, I want to share a beautiful insight on blogging as a genre, presented in one of Esme Wang’s journal entries you can find here.

We (blog owners) are told to write short and reader-useful pieces, preferably in the construction of how to this and that or X tips for this and that. Then we are taught to give catchy titles to those posts so we could be discovered easily. We are expected to create and share positive and well-polished content only. Those surely are some great tips we are likely to hear successful bloggers speaking about, but does blogging really come with a set of rules?

Now, there is nothing wrong in following these advises, however, that is something I want to free myself from. I sometimes forget why I started writing this blog in the first place. And just as a friendly reminder to myself, I want to share it out loud – I started because I wanted and still do want to write. That is it.

True Self
Now, lastly I want to everyone to listen to a funny and well on point speech by charming Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian novelist and author of “We Should All Be Feminists“.

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be, rather than recognizing how we are.” It is probably no surprise for anyone that women are more likely to do the house work than men. “But why is that? Is it because women are born with a cooking gene?”

This speech carries a strong message outside the topic of feminism too. It left me wondering which of my actions and mindsets are influenced by social norms and expectation, and which are purely mine.

It might seem that my initial questions only rose even more uncertainties, but that, I believe, is a good thing. As long as we are looking for answers we are moving forward.

  • Giedre, I fully agree with your thoughts about writing. Recently felt like I’m some sort of “posts making machine” with all these rules you must follow. Your insights calmed me down. Maybe being authentic should be the main rule to follow.

  • Giedre

    Dear Rūta, I am happy to know we share the same beliefs on writing!