Monday, March 11, 2013

inkblots and other topics I didn't know you could write about

I just got a book by Margaret Peot titled Inkblot: Drip, Splat, and Squish Your Way to Creativity.

I have to admit, I first ordered it because I wanted to think more about creativity. Is it possible to develop creativity? I want to think that it is, but I am constantly brought back to reality by my own limitations in this area. If I want it so much and can't get it--is it possible that some people have it and some don't? The author, though, seems to assert that we can all be creative: "Creative people do not wait around for their muses to show up. They go to their drawing boards (or computers or laboratories) on a daily basis, whether or not they have an idea. When your body and mind get in a habit of being creative on a schedule, you are much less likely to be creatively blocked." Hmmm.

Two reactions to the book: First, I am fascinated by what Peot does with inkblots. The pages crawl with dragons and seahorses and gardens and other more-Rorschach looking images. I get the psychological ones that look like brains (and brains exploding), but I would never have imagined the other.

Second, she writes a whole book about inkblots, about making them and drawing into them, about how to look at them to see possibilities. And I guess that's what I really like is the way she encourages new visions of everyday things. I can't get away from the fact that the message of the book is so much what I try to get students to see about writing. The possibility. The need for regular work with it. The way it helps us enjoy life more. That's one reason I like the March SOL--it makes me write everyday. It makes me think about what there is in my life today that is worth writing about and sharing. And that, I think, is what makes us writers. The sitting down everyday and putting something down on paper/screen. That makes us creative in our own way. And, I think, it makes us live our lives just a little more fully than we would without some record, some push to think about the day, without some expectation that there is something in my life to think about.

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