Would you be able to explain what CREATIVITY is? It’s not an easy task, but not impossible either. According to many artists, creativity is something intangible and ethereal; it can even be thought of as a type of energy that takes hold of you and then disappears. In fact, poet Ruth Stone says that whenever she felt that magic taking hold of her, she would (literally) run as fast as she could to pick up pen and paper, and not let it escape her like it had done so many other times before. I don’t think this idea of creativity as something somewhat mystical is necessarily a recent view. In fact, you’ve probably heard of the following phrase:
“Inspiration always comes when you least expect it.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novels such as Eat, Pray, Love (2006) and Big Magic (2015) among others, explained during her speech at TED Talks, that in Ancient Greece and Rome people didn’t think creativity was a human quality. They thought it was a divine spirit that came to human beings from some a distant and unknowable source for distant and unknowable reasons.
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