One of the many things I love about social media is accidentally stumbling across an inspirational creative person. This normally occurs when you are feeling a little blue or feeling a bit down. The universe nudges you in the direction of this special person because it feels you could benefit from some of this person’s positive light and sparkle.
This was what happened when I bumped into Anna Mamwell on Twitter. She’s an ambassador for Bloodwise UK, a Leukaemia survivor and a blogger. On her blog ‘Becoming a Butterfly in remission’, Anna talks about her inspirational life journey so far, her thoughts on being a busy working mum and her creative pleasures.
Anna and I connected over Twitter, we shared stories of our personal experiences with cancer and discussed our creative lives. I knew she had to appear on my blog so I persuaded her to do so.
When she told me her guest post was going to be about how her creative works I gave the subject of creative minds some thought. So much goes on inside one. Author, Alan Moore sums this up perfectly, he says;
‘Creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head – and they end up as a material thing like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It’s an alchemical thing.’
Isn’t that a fab quote?
Without further ado here is Anna’s guest post:
The Inner Workings Of My Creative Mind.
Numerous times I’ve found myself trying to describe the inner workings of my extremely busy mind to those around me. I couldn’t think of a better way of doing this than writing this post and I hope it makes for interesting reading. It’s actually been really helpful to me personally and I am also hoping I find others who have the same chaos inside their head as me.
Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena and to generate solutions. It involves two processes; thinking, then producing’.
Firstly my mind never switches off, there are always several ideas floating around, they can become a bit of an obsession. I literally can’t get the idea out of my head until I’ve made a start on whatever it is. These can be anything from how to organise something in my home to a quote that suddenly springs to mind and like an addict it becomes a need that I have to satisfy. A priority above anything else meaning that if I am out doing errands, at work or socializing I’m working out how soon I can make a start.
Inspiration comes from the most surprising of places or sources, there is no filter as such, no off switch. No matter what I am doing, day or night which can be exhausting. My brain is like a sponge soaking up knowledge and attracting ideas relentlessly, it never becomes saturated …craving more and more again like an addict.
My mind jumps around from one topic to another as ideas, triggered by any random source, fly at me. It’s really hard to control my thoughts as they regularly go off on a tangent leading me to surprising but inspiring places…in my mind. I am at my happiest when I am engrossed in something creative.
When I’m planning a blog post, quote or my secret novel I am literally constantly composing in my mind, a bit like when you have a song stuck in your head, it just won’t stop replaying. This is never-ending and if I don’t write it down it plays over and over again on a constant loop!
As most of the time my head is jumbled with lots of thoughts and ideas, this is where my stationary obsession comes in! I spend a lot of time making notes and I have many books, files and folders to keep track of my crazy, busy thoughts and ideas.
There are numerous imagined yet unfulfilled creative projects in my head and ever the optimist I do imagine myself one day getting around to them all. And of course I am a proud Pinterest addict. (click here to go to my Pinterest profile)
When browsing in shops I’m either thinking about how I can replicate something or ‘bling something up’. This doesn’t mean I don’t like it as it is but just that without a moment’s thought my mind leaps in this direction. Then I literally can’t wait to get started. Or if the item is not of the theme I am looking for I think of how I can adapt it, or if it’s a little too pricey how I could make my own.
I have been known to buy things and put them away until a project comes to mind. When I was a child I always used to collect the trimmings from crackers and presents and loved anything to do with stationary…always planning to ‘do something with them’. When I got a typewriter (showing my age!) I spent hours clicking away writing stories, one of which I still have complete with quaint spelling mistakes!
It’s only really in recent years, with the benefit of age, that I’ve become confident in my ability to put my ideas into practice. Of course things don’t always work out how I’ve imagined but that doesn’t put me off now. When I was young they were in my mind but I lacked the belief in myself so mostly they would remain unfulfilled.
Another problem I come across literally every day is that there are never enough hours in the day. I have so many hobbies and things on my wish list that I literally don’t stop from the moment my eyes open. Boredom is something I never experience cannot understand, there are so many wonderful things out there to discover, learn and do.
In case you are wondering…My loves include:
- Organising charity events, my home, etc
- Digital art
- Craft of any sort
- Creating word art
- Music – from rock to classical
So there you have it…how my mind works, what it’s like inside my head on a day-to-day basis…the mind of a creativity chaser!
How does your creative mind work? I’d love to hear your experiences or comments.
Thank you Anna, a fabulous post!
Have a great day, BlondeWriteMore readers 🙂
Don’t miss tomorrow’s cracker of a blog post!