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Imagination and Creativity

Updated on June 7, 2015

Creativity and Imagination

What is it that makes some people creative? Imagination. What gives them the ability to catch the eyes, or minds or even hearts of people? Creativity combined with imagination.

We as writers, understand that creativity and imagination used together are the magic key to writing an article, story, poem, paly, or book, will entertain the reader. One without the other tends to be come a dull, drab shadow of what it could be.

So, dust off your inner child. Let your imagination come out and play. You'll be amazed at how creative you can be when you bring reintroduce your imagination to your creativity.

  • Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. - Albert Einstein
  • Imagination will often carry us to world's that never were but without it we go nowhere. - Carl Sagan
  • My eyes make pictures when they are shut. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. - Theodore Geisel
  • A fool-proof method for sculpting an elephant: first, get a huge block of marble; then you chip away everything that doesn't look like an elephant. - Author Unknown
  • Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life. - Simone Weil
  • Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. - George Scialabba

  • You never have to change anything you got up to write in the middle of the night. - Saul Bellow
  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. - John Steinbeck
  • Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life. - Simone Weil
  • When you are describing,
    A shape, or sound, or tint;
    Don't state the matter plainly,
    But put it in a hint;
    And learn to look at all things,
    With a sort of mental squint.
    -Lewis Carroll-
  • Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. - Norman Podhoretz

  • Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. -Henri Matisse

  • If imagination is the capacity to conceive of what is not, then creativity, in turn, is imagination applied: doing something, or making something, with that initial conception.
    Eric Liu & Scott Noppe-Brandon
  • All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
    Carl Jung
  • Without a healthy and well-fed imagination, there is no creativity or innovation.
    Eric Liu & Scott Noppe-Brandon
  • Creativity is the process of expressing and applying imagination.
    Marta Davidovich Ockuly

How to Get Your Imagination Moving

  • Read, read, and read some more. You can't read too much. To help you get your imagination going read any type of book you can get your hands on.
  • Try to be unique. Try to be a good person, doing good things. Think of how you can help someone, find a new way to work, a new way to compliment someone, or even a new way to let someone know you care.
  • Take lots and lots of pictures. They don't have to be of anything in particular. They can be of anything that comes into your line of sight. Then, let your mind wander as you look at these pictures.
  • Keep a small notebook or notepad with you at all times. Any time something starts you thinking write what it was. Any off the wall impression or description. Write it down.
  • Allow yourself to dream. As Walt Disney said. "If you can dream it, you can achieve it."
  • Invite your inner child to come out and play with your creativity. As children we have tremendous imagination. Bring it out of hiding and allow it to help you add life to your creativity. You won't be sorry.


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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      Love it. Great quotes. Thanks.

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      askformore lm 3 years ago

      Thank you for a very creative hub. It made me imagine ...

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Delores Monet I also agree with Sweetie Pie. I think children are not encouraged to use their imagination and creativity.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I agree with Sweetie Pie up there, but think the parents must encourage creativity too. Free play is a great way to get kids to think for themselves and to dream up all kinds of creative projects. So many kids today are either plopped in front of the electronic screen, or engaged in organized activities.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jo_Goldsmith11 thanks you for your kind words. I do so love to write positive hubs.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is so wonderfully written with the rich detail I have so appreciated when I read your articles. Sometimes we need to believe more in achieving the dreams we feel is so far from our grasp.

      This is so positive and uplifting message. Thank you.

      Shared and Up into the hands of all the creative muse(s).

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      SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think schools need to get back to encouraging kids to do more art, and write creative stories. I learned so much when I was a kid because I had the freedom to explore books, and create pictures based on my visions. Today the common core curriculum allows very little room for creativity, and I have talked to many teachers who see their children struggling with this. I would encourage parents to let their children read and create art outside of school because unfortunately, these are just not things kids get enough of these days.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      What would life be without imagination and creativity. I know mine would be very boring. These two important characteristics are what bring things to life and give our lives meaning. Thanks for the great article and the great quotes. I agree with DREAM ON, that this should be on every student's desk.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      IndependentMind, I may have to rethink that quote. I keep buying those tickets and never win.

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      IndependentMind 3 years ago

      Great hubs and great quotes. I only disagree with one of them: "if you can dream it, you can achieve it". I always dream about winning the lottery, but have yet to achieve that one. L.O.L.

      Great writing.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't know Mel Carriere. I think sometimes a wild imagination makes a writer special. I do believe, as you do, that success does come from having a mature imagination though.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Very great quotes from people I respect. The key to the conventional definition of success, I think, is learning how to discipline that wild imagination. Great hub!

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      I believe this should be on every child's desk to read every day so they are reminded to keep an open mind and let their imagination soar.Creativity starts small and where it ends is impossible to know. We have such wonderful gifts to give all we have to do is learn to share. This is my favorite topic your hub says it all. Thank you for sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Simply put? Don't grow up, and you'll have LOTS of imagination. Adulthood spoils everything.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So important really, that we allow the imagination some freedom to roam--spot on!

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, I am so glad you enjoyed this article. I do believe that imagination and creativity go together.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like this, esp. the invitation to our inner child to come out to play. Imagination and creativity goes hand in hand. Loved the quotes.....

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tirelesstraveler, you just have to learn how to guide it.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Genna East true. Without them where would we be?

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Harnessing the imagination is like harnessing a horse. You can guide it anywhere you want to go. Voted up!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Imagination and creativity…two of my favorite words that open our hearts and minds to another favorite… "possibilities.” Your wonderful hub defines those qualities that are the miracle of humanity.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE how true. You can't create a masterpiece without some kind of imagination.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kidscrafts thank you. I think it's important to encourage the imagination.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome ideas here on this topic it is so important to have an imagination and to create something meaningful.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub with fantastic quotes, KoffeeKlatchGals! Let's give the kids, the coming generation what it takes to use their imagination!

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jackie Lynnley, thanks for the comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great read and tips about imaginations and creativity. Great quotes of great people. ^