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February 04, 2013


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Pat Morin

I could relate to your story, Mysti. I wrote a poem one day in a high school class that I loved. I was so excited I announced to my parents later that night that I wanted to be a writer, maybe a poet. My parents said I should stay with the sciences. You couldn't, they stated, make money as a writer, and you had to be, they added in a stronger tone, very, very creative. Hmm ... I majored at first in Marine Biology (out to study dolphins), then Psychology (out to study people). I never really felt "creative" enough to pursue writing as a career, like make money and show I was very, very, ingenious. Everyone I read was better than I could ever be.

It took some soul searching to realize there is no set standard to creativity. There really is not a VERY, VERY creative level. It is, according to Webster, "The use of imagination or original ideas in the production of artistic work." There is no set number of original ideas, amount of imagination, nor is there a set form. Yep, I agree with Mysti, we all can can express our creativity in so many different ways. Right now, I'm writing short mystery. Tomorrow ... who knows ... maybe a stained glass artist?

Michael A. Black

Wow, Mysti, what an inspiring piece. I could relate, too. After having written my first short story in the sixth grade, and proudly reading it in front of the class, the teacher summoned me over to her desk, took my story, scribbled "D-- Poor work," and pointedly told me never to try that again. I got my revenge detailing the episode in an essay entitled, "A Sixth Grade Education," in the Writer's Digest Book, How I Got Published. Glad you didn't listen to the negatives either.

camille minichino

Maybe it takes that kind of negativity to spur us on (though there's a special circle in L'Inferno for those who wield it).

I tell myself if I'd been constantly told how great I was (as some kids hear today) I might never have tried. As it was, growing up with "you'll never amount to anything," at least has spurred me to keep trying for that next idea, that next attempt to be creative.


Lovely comments, everyone! Glad you found your inner artist, despite the naysayers!!!!


Great post, and fun to read all the comments from the various folks. My parents always said I could be whatever I wanted to be. I sort of wish (in retrospect) they'd offered more practical advice, but these were the '60s when all things were possible. My path to fiction-writing wasn't straightline either. Sounds like many of us came to writing stories in a roundabout way through life's journeys.

Terry Shames

Mysti, I'm late chiming in (from Costa Rica), but I think it takes creativity to read and get involved in what you're reading. Also, my husband who is a scientist thinks what he does is very creative--thinking up ways of throwing kinks into theories!

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