Creativity is an amazing thing. A family I know, all the young ones are superior artists. Most can see something inspiring in everyday things. They also have the techniques down. There is one whom is very good but just copies other peoples work because her mind just doesn’t recognize a creative venture on her own.
I once knew a twenty year old whom was a great artist and she copied other artists and sold the paintings to people she knew. One of the artist was living. I asked her if she asked their permission to copy their work. She hadn’t. I told her that I would not want anyone to take my work and capitalize on it. I asked her why she is not doing her own paintings because her work was beautiful. She couldn’t think of anything on her own. I told her, take a picture of an animal or a landscape or a still life and draw or paint it. Limit yourself to just one color group, like purple, with only the lightest or darkest hues of the color on your palette. I do not know what she has done since, I hope she took the advise and that she is still painting.
Yes, I do feel it is a form of stealing and I would not want anyone to use my articles to fund their creativity. Everyone must find their own inspiration. If I am inspired by someone I mention them in my articles, but my information and the way it is presented is my own. The experiences that fund my own creativity are priceless and personal. I write to help inspire anyone to make positive adjustments in their life so that they and those that love them can all be benefitted.
It makes me so happy to hear that my work is appreciated by many. It saddens me that I have had a couple different ones contact me to say they are using my work to rewrite for their own benefit. I do not want my work rewritten for someone else to make money, I am working on my own projects and that is definitely a reward I look forward to. I feel that my work is presented generously, but I do not want it copied or built upon into something bigger where a person used my work to instigate their creativity on topics I present.
If a person is short on inspiration, or creative direction there are many creative workshops out there that help so much. There are books at the library that help people unlock the artists block. There are magazines at the Barnes and Noble stores that give a person many opportunities to practice and become productive again. Of course, personally, I use daily life as my inspiration, making notes at the time and writing up my articles. Brainstorming is a wonderful creative outlet for me. If I want to write about any subject, I just thought of the word CLOTHES. Now my mind thinks of the origin of clothes, Adam an Eve, and their fig leaves. When did a person decide to start being creative in their own community with their attire. Standing out as different and not being submissive to the norms set by previous generations could affect their social lives. And my mind goes on. Any word, think origin, history, present day, and future, and what is beneficial. That is a bit of a freebee for anyone out their that might want some inspiration. Other than that, my work is my own and it is for others to enjoy and benefit from. Just please, find your own work to write and present. If you want to do something with my CLOTHES brainstorm, please do, and I would like to know what you did with it. May success be yours with the clothes article. Just do some of your own brainstorming and writing on any subject. Or go to a life management skills coach and they may help you free the writing bee in you.
I have been writing for decades in notebooks and on computers, and now I am branching out and looking forward to publishing.
For anyone whom writes well but does not come up with their own inspiration, you can always be an editor, because you can recognize great work and you can help the writers you work for get their work published and distributed. That is creativity too. Agents are people whom look for work or recognize worthy work when presented to them. Help someone to do something with their work, and you help yourself too. If a person is determined to be a writer, start writing, be the Norman Rockwell in your life, if you see an odd or quirky situation, write it, every detail, and what is so interesting, why it captivated you, and how are we benefitted with this knowledge. Paint the picture in our mind so we can see what you see in the words you present, present it in a way that we would want to stay there. These are my own feelings on the matter.