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Poll: My own sense of creativity is often inspired by
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Other - observing nature May 13, 2012

My appreciation of nature gets my creative juices going.

 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Other - drinking copious amounts of stimulants May 13, 2012

And SLEEP! Zzzzz

(The answer to many a 'creative' conundrum has often come to me in a dream - the trick is to remember it long enough after waking to put it to good use).

[Edited at 2012-05-13 08:35 GMT]


 

Alison Sparks (X)  Identity Verified
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Most of the above May 13, 2012

though I voted doing something new as this is what really inspires me. I could just as easily have said 'read a good book' , 'hearing a good speaker', etc. I suppose it depends on the context at the time. icon_smile.gif

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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Earth and Life May 13, 2012

As a novelist and poet, it seems as if creativity was part of my DNA. This might sound a little arrogant, but far from it! It's the way it is. Every-/anything and any-/everybody can inspire my creativity: a face, a smile, Nature, a falling leave or the whistle of a train.
And I do treat it as it is: a gift.icon_smile.gif


 

Gennady Lapardin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Other: carefully analyzing something trivial May 13, 2012

e.g., a cooking recipe, a century-old pit in the yard, etc.

Another endless source of inspiration: watching the road traffic from the balcony (14th floor), especially when fresh drivers try to enter/exit the premises. Watching them is like watching a football game, whether they'll manage to maneuver smoothly or would clash or create a jam. However, my interest in this show is purely vegetarian or platonic.

[Edited at 2012-05-13 21:57 GMT]


 

Desiree Staude
Germany
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Depends on the mood May 13, 2012

Either by reading a book or watching a film. But sometimes also because of rainy weather or a walk.

 

Natalia Pedrosa  Identity Verified
Spain
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My feelings May 13, 2012

Call me sentimental, but my writings are always dedicated to the ones I love, like that old Aretha Franklin's song.

Happy Sunday!


 

Dave Bindon  Identity Verified
Greece
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Plants May 13, 2012

The plants on my balcony inspire me. Here's some of last week's inspiration...



 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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A number of these May 13, 2012

Might have been a nice option. It depends. Sometimes it might be a good book, other times hearing a good speaker, sometimes the colour of the sky, good music, good food, sometimes there are just days when everything flows. Who knows?

 

jacana54 (X)  Identity Verified
Uruguay
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Nature (2) May 13, 2012

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

My appreciation of nature gets my creative juices going.


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Hebrew to English
....the paycheck? May 13, 2012

Anyone?icon_smile.gif

 

Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Voices in my head May 13, 2012

Memories of words said and written inspire the multitude of different voices one has to adopt as a translator. This to me is the creative side of translation.

 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
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Sleep yes of course! May 13, 2012

Ty Kendall wrote:

And SLEEP! Zzzzz

(The answer to many a 'creative' conundrum has often come to me in a dream - the trick is to remember it long enough after waking to put it to good use).

[Edited at 2012-05-13 08:35 GMT]


Luckily since becoming a mother I have learned to sleep lightly and often find myself making notes at 3 am.
They don't always make sense by 9 am but I have often hit on the most fitting term in the night. That's why I always prefer to make clients wait till the next morning.

I also have a picture of a golden Buddha with the headline "inspiration" torn from a mazazine on the wall next to me. I'm not Buddhist by a long chalk but looking at him infuses me with a sense of calm that's conducive to expressing ideas. Maybe I ought to leave a little offering in thanks!


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
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Not enough options May 13, 2012

Creativity is one of those aspects of the human condition that is going through a hype stage right now. At least in America.

Even the most foul-mouthed teen out there is creative, and the fact that the same teen has never set foot in a museum, read a great book or listened to what we might consider wonderful music does not matter.

Take Eminem, for example. I disliked his music intensely ten years ago, when he was famous and unavoidable in the media here in America. I couldn't have considered what he did for music "creative." Now I understand that he is a very creative individual, but what he creates is something that I do not appreciate or value.

To create is to generate something new, original or unusual. Not everything new, original or unusual is necessarily beautiful, good or desirable. That's why I think that we sometimes confuse creativity with beauty.

Back to the poll's question, I would have liked to see an "All of the above" option.


 
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