Creativity and the Spark

I have a confession: I’m a drug addict. No, I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or Netflix. I’m addicted to creativity and productivity, particularly writing and reading. I’ve been seduced by the high this grants. It makes you feel beautiful inside and out as if all’s right with the world. Having taken other substances, I can safely say it’s the most organic type of high.

Months ago, I worked at Walmart, and one of the gimmicks of orientation was writing down your spark, or motivation to continue one’s work. Whatever it might be, employees frequently referred to their spark to goad their performance higher every month.

That said, I haven’t been a writer and blogger long, but I’ve encountered writers who see their craft from varying perspectives and sparks. There are some who view writing as a chore–something they have to do for either financial or professional obligations. Others see it as enjoyment, a means to vent imagination. Then there are those who do it from an altruistic standpoint. This spark varies between every writer, but it is the fuel that keeps the artist engrossed in their craft.

I mostly write to fulfill myself–to release the creative demons that lurk within my heart. Every day they beg release. There is a warm satisfaction to finishing an article or writing/editing an original chapter of a novel. I cherish my characters and readers, sometimes considering them old friends. Human imagination is a beautiful gift. Sometimes you forget basic necessities like eating or sleeping.  To quote a famous inventor:

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”

― Nikola Tesla

What is your spark? Are you also seduced by the rewards that creativity brings? Leave it in the comment below if you feel inclined. Thanks for reading everyone!


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