Hydra of Creativity

The hydra was a seven headed creature of legend. Its most notable feature was when you cut off one of its heads, three more sprouted in its place.

Creativity is like that hydra; ideas are its heads. Vanquish one idea – by giving it form – and three more sprout in its place. Creativity cannot be exhausted. The more you use, the more you have.

Creativity doesn’t limit itself to one form or medium. To switch my metaphor: once creativity starts flowing freely it spills over into many channels.

A novel idea can lead to a dress design.

An art project suggests a short story.

Sometimes the link between the original idea and the new ideas that sprout can’t be clearly seen, but the ideas just keep on coming.

My main frustration as a creative personused to be that I didn’t have enough time to dedicate tomy creative endeavours. So I made more time. I create more than ever, but that just makes the ideas flow faster. And I still haven’t enough time.

Once the tide of ideas and possibilities pours forth it cannot be quenched. I can’t drink that ocean, but I can swim in it.

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