I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the ‘one thing’.
There is so much advice out there telling us to focus on one thing and become a master of it – this is the path of the successful.
There is no shortage of examples to prove this ‘rule’.
But what if your creativity takes you in more than one direction?
Well, you choose the one thing, obviously . . .
Or do you?
There are a number of examples which spring to mind of creatives who have excelled at more than one thing in their lives.
Whatever happened to that Da Vinci fellow anyway?
I don’t believe multi-creatives are the exceptions.
We are all made to be creative, so we all have the potential to create in any sphere.
We may display a tendency towards a particular creative outlet – writing, art, music – but we shouldn’t be dissuaded from working in more than one field of expression.
Time is an essential part of the process of course and this maybe why we are advised to pursue just one thing.
The more time we spend being creative, the more we learn and acquire new skills.
It is easier to focus time and effort in just one direction.
If, like me, you are drawn in several directions, pursue them all.
Work out where they overlap or intersect. Does one strengthen another? Is one a byproduct of another?
Poetry can become song lyrics. Studying art and artists, informs your images, but also give you a lot of knowledge which can be shared along side your creative output. Music can be inspired from your art or writing.
I am aware I am thinking quite narrowly.
What creative combinations can you come up with?