Secondary Creative Expressions

IMG_20160216_171252395_HDRI’m a firm believer that every single person on this earth has a primary creative expression. Not all of them are what is traditionally considered creative but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t. I’m also a firm believer that having a secondary creative expression is vital, especially for us creatives. We often find ourselves blocked and unable to use our primary creative expression the way that we need to, so we need a secondary creative expression to help us unblock. 

My primary creative expression is writing, specifically journaling and poetry writing. I have experienced so much healing through writing and it keeps me sane. However, from time to time (like the past couple of months) I have a very difficult time writing. As a new blogger that means death to my blog and as a writer it means chaos in my mind. In the past the only thing I knew to do was to wait it out. Now I think I can do better.

This whole idea of a secondary creative expression came from painting shoe boxes. I have a few old shoe boxes that I use for storage and I got tired of looking at them. They were ugly and mismatched. So I pulled out some cheap paints I had from painting notebooks and began painting them. I got so much satisfaction from it and I was able to write again. I remembered that the same thing happened when I painted the notebooks I just mentioned. That’s when I decided that I need to find my secondary creative expression.

Now comes the issue of finding a secondary creative expression. Obviously, painting does something for me but you have to have something to paint. I only have one more box to paint and buying paints, canvases, and whatever else will quickly get expensive. Not to mention I have nowhere to store anything. I’ve tried coloring which I find quite relaxing but doesn’t have the same effect. So now what?

I found this article called The 8 Types of Creative Intelligence by Robyn McMaster. The 8 types of creative intelligence are social or interpersonal, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, intrapersonal, naturalistic, and verbal-linguistic. According to the article, my particular type of creative intelligence is intrapersonal. So the first step is too explore other types of intrapersonal creative expressions. Reading more is on my list of changes I want to make this year so I’ll start there. The second step is to identify what may be a secondary creative intelligence. That was an obvious answer for me. Spatial would be my secondary type. That would explain why I love design and why painting affected me the way it did. I also respond, in a lesser degree, to bodily-kinesthetic and naturalistic. Finding ways to develop and express these parts of me is vital just for personal development but I am hoping that it will help me with these creative blocks.

I am very intrigued by the idea of types of creative intelligence. I will certainly look into it more.

What is your primary creative expression and what do you do when you are blocked?

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