I came across this aphorism in a book I picked up down the street at the Half-Price Books Store. The quote describes the way good writing appears. It’s a bold claim that a good writer makes it look effortless and easy.
I like the quote because if you substitute a word like “calligraphy”, “embroidery” or “silversmithing” – any art or craft you choose – it becomes a rousing inspiration for your particular creativity. A call to master your chosen craft as Pope describes. Just as people who look really great doing their thing dancing had to . They didn’t come to it by chance and spontaneity.
Creativity is a balance between innovation and learning. At times it flows smooth and easy. Other times, especially learning times, you struggle and your steps are slow. Your passion keeps you moving forward and keeps the fun in learning.
Everyone is creative, more or less. It isn’t reserved for geniuses or an unattainable state. It’s more the direction you take it and the way you choose to adapt.
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