Practicing Creativity

Creativity is arcane and mundane

Creativity is obscured by misconceptions—it's commonly misconceived as a magical ability only accessible to special geniuses, or as a fixed ability determined at birth.

Creativity is special—Creativity is a superpower. It's mysterious and appears magical, and it's tied to deep meanings around the cyclical unfolding of our lives. Human creativity echoes the creativity of the cosmos—it's a natural subject for eternal mythmaking and wonder (see Meaningness eternalism).

Creativity is also mundane. It's a common practical activity (and non-activity) people experience every day without thinking about it. It's something we all do in big and small ways—"big" things like fine art, music, or running a business, and "small" things like planning dinner, having a conversation, or writing an email. Rather than being inaccessible and rare, creativity is a commonplace skill that can be practiced and improved.

Creativity is inherently "both/and"—arcane and mundane, extraordinary and practical.

Creativity is arcane, divine (mages, cleric, bards) and profoundly mundane (rogues, rangers, artificers). The mundane side is dismissed as fake magic tricks, the arcane side seeds inaccessible hero myths. Need to multiclass. —Kevin McGillivray (@kev_mcg) May 17, 2020

Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. –Jeong Kwan

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These are my draft notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery

About Practicing Creativity

These are my notes on creativity—as a skill, a practice, and a mystery. Everything you find here is in a perpetual draft state and much of it may not make sense. I hope these notes become clearer over time as I continue writing and updating them, although I hope they might be useful even in disarray.

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