Creativity is Necessary

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Hey there! My name is Kaleigh. This is my new blog, although I’ve tried blogging before as a young teen. Hopefully, I erased all traces of them from the internet – some things you just don’t want your name on after a while!

I have always loved writing. As a kid, I’d write all sorts of little stories, and when I was eleven, I decided I wanted to be an author when I grew up. Ever since then, I’ve written for fun but have never really shown anybody my work. Being shy and wanting to be a writer is not a great mix. Fortunately, I just graduated from college with a BA in English and a minor in technical writing, so my writing career is about to begin.

I graduated from Texas Tech University on December 13, 2019.

That’s why I wanted to start blogging. I wanted a way to make sure I’m writing each week and getting it read by people, so I thought blogging would be a great way to get things started. This blog will be a mix of lifestyle and writing. At first, I thought I wanted to stay professional on this blog, but I personally love a blog much more when I feel like I’m getting to know the person behind the keyboard. I plan to keep it mostly about writing, but I might get enthusiastic about something else here and there!

I aim to post on this blog at least once a week, preferably on Mondays, although this is subject to change. I’m transitioning from college to job hunting, so I don’t know what my schedule will look like. My comments are open, so please feel free to leave your thoughts! I think it’s essential to speak your mind, and I love engaging in conversation with others online, so I will be sure to respond!

Creativity has always been important in my life. When I was very young, I wanted to be an artist. I would often draw a picture of myself painting on an easel. I guess I lost interest or faith in my ability to draw because I eventually turned to storytelling. I can’t remember exactly when my love of writing began, but I do remember my fourth-grade language arts teacher using my essay as an example to the class of what good writing looks like. She was impressed with my metaphor, “an ocean of relief came over me.” That must have given me enough confidence to keep writing because I’ve been doing it ever since. The next year when I had a friend spend the night, I let her read a story I had been writing for fun, and she told me that she forgot it wasn’t an actual book. I often wonder if she truly meant that, but the fact that she even said it meant the world to me.

Throughout my teenage years, I started to seek out other means of creativity. Writing was fun, but I needed more. I tried knitting, crocheting, painting, drawing, embroidery, scrapbooking, soapmaking, and that’s only naming a few. I liked crocheting the best, and I still crochet from time to time.

I think it’s essential to create, no matter what medium is used to do it. We can put so much of ourselves into the things we make without even realizing it. No two pieces of art – whether it’s a story, a painting, or a hat – look the same. All forms of art allow us to connect with its maker in a unique way.

I found myself in a funk when I was about fifteen years old. It seemed like the writer’s block would never end. For the longest time, I couldn’t think of a single decent idea to play with. Eventually, I did think of something, but then I couldn’t get started. I thought I had finally lost interest in writing and almost gave up on my dream of being a published author even though I hadn’t yet tried. Maybe that’s why I searched for other creative outlets. When I can’t create, I feel silenced as if I’m unable to speak my mind. I feel this way when I’m uninspired to write, when I have no ideas about what to crochet, or when I can’t find the motivation to do anything artistic. It’s not a good feeling at all, and admittedly, I’ve been creatively silenced for a long time.

Yes, I’m blogging to make sure I keep writing so I can get my name out there, but I’m also blogging to get my voice back. The past few years have taught me that waiting for motivation and inspiration is silly; sometimes, you have to force your way through the mud and take back what’s yours.

I struggled quite a bit with how to get this blog started. I wanted an About Me post to help me establish who I am and what I want this blog to be, but what was I supposed to say? If I wrote about school and experience, I could just point you to my resume, which is on the website already. If I wrote about my dog, it might attract more readers (because who doesn’t like dogs?), but that wouldn’t be about me. Asking “what’s interesting about me?” can quickly turn into an existential crisis, so I tried to avoid that question.

I can’t mention the family dog without showing him off! This is Pepper. He’s a 13-year-old dachshund/rat terrier mix that may also be part Chihuahua.

Creativity. That’s me. This introductory post stems from a realization about myself I had within the past year. I’ve changed a lot over the years, but my passion for creativity has always stayed the same. So that’s how I’m choosing to introduce myself. That’s all you really need to know about me, and don’t be surprised if it becomes a common theme in my blog posts.

What I find to be comical about this is my deep interest in technical writing, which is a straightforward form of writing that cuts out the fluff. This is usually found in instruction manuals, business documents like memos, and so on. In my “About Me” blurb on my website, I mention that I used to make technical documents for fun.

Technical and creative. I loved getting to imagine and create characters and towns of my own in my stories I wrote for fun, but I also enjoyed writing out rules and explaining processes. That was genuinely fun for me. I believe I also made a newsletter from a template with Microsoft Word that had “news” about what was happening around the house. At one point, I made a business card for grammar corrections since I had one specific friend that I seemed to always correct when it came to grammar and spelling. I suppose I have two sides of me, and I find them both equally enjoyable.

My website is mostly geared toward technical writing since creating it was a requirement for one of my last college courses. I’m grateful this was an assignment because I’ve wanted my own website for a long time, but for me, starting is always the most challenging part. My goal is to slowly integrate my creative writing side into the site because creative and technical writing are both equally important in my life, and I want to be able to use both skills in my career. I don’t necessarily want one without the other.

Some questions I’d like to leave you with: What is your creative outlet? How do you speak your mind without saying a word? I believe everyone is creative in some way. (Organizing a closet to death counts! That is definitely not my voice.)

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