Why Writing, Creativity, Pragmatism?
I’m a writer and story-teller. That’s the home I always return to. I’m good at it, and I love it. I’m a generalist by nature, and writing is a world that still rewards the generalist. I collect stories, ideas, characters, phrases and possibilities, and weave them together. I am a “creative writer” and a “professional writer” and sometimes both at the same time.
I have a lifelong interest in creativity and the arts. Art is a form of self-expression, sure, but it’s also fundamental to the way we live our humanity, understand and shape our world, make connections between apparently disconnected ideas, and make peace with our gods. I express my own creativity through the written word and music, as well as through any number of other creative projects that grab my interest. I spend a lot of time with other creative people at work and at play.
I'm also a parent. I was terrified that this might mean the end of the “creative life”. How on earth would I find the time, energy and headspace to be creative in the chaos of everyday life – parenting, lack of sleep, mortgages, housework and jobs? I started to bring together my work on creativity and the creative process to think about what “creativity for grown ups” might look like. So now, as well as my other work, I write and speak about being a “pragmatic artist” – someone who recognizes that creativity emerges from the messiness of everyday life rather than being removed from it (all working artists, I’ve come to realise, are actually pragmatic artists).
So there you go. Writing. Creativity. Pragmatism.
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