#21 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Agatha Christie & …. me!
It’s Creativity Quote time again and this topic is one very close to my heart, so I’ve got a double-dose for you.
This week’s source may seem a strange choice for a series on creativity, but I’m guessing that most creatives have homes, many have housemates and a fair proportion may feel (as I did) that they were put on the planet for more important work than dusting and laundry.
Also, you may recognise the author… 😉
The above words are my own, taken from my first foray into the publishing world;
Housework Blues – A Survival Guide
Although I’ve moved on from my days of domestic overload, there are still a good many ideas from the book that I employ on a regular basis, including the idea above.
One of the aims of the book was to highlight the potential benefits to be found in the domestic realm, (it’s true – there are some!)
And I’m sharing this here because many of these benefits are particularly valuable to creative types.
• the link between boredom and creative genius.
• the effect of repetitive, rhythmical actions on your brain waves.
• the monotonous daily tasks that can act as magnets to the elusive muse
There’s even a whole section on creativity. (You can read that section in full here.)
So, if you ever use domestic overload as an
excuse reason for not getting round to your creative dreams, I think you’ll find some useful tips and insights to dispel that particular demon.
And to back-up my claim that the mundane and domestic can be good for your creative life, I offer you these famous words from a writer who knew a thing or two about getting her great work done and out into the world:
So, if you’re a creative with a home to keep, I hope you find this week’s words of wisdom helpful.
And since the feng shui of clean and tidy spaces will uplift your creative spirits, I’ll leave you with a few more words from Housework Blues, in the hope that it inspires you to show your creative temple a little TLC…
“Rhythmical, repetitive actions, especially if carried out on auto-pilot, lull your brain into a meditative state.
This alpha rhythm is highly conducive to creativity – when you are most likely to be struck by inspired thought, right-brain insights, brilliant ideas and intuitive prompts.
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of your chores and the solution to a recent quandary ‘mysteriously’ popped into your head?
When your brain is in housework mode, it quietly deals with complex problems without you even noticing.
So you’re not just vacuuming, you’re channelling your creative genius.”
Till next week!
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Thanks Danielle. I’ve often wondered if creative people have messier homes.
I know a lot of messy creatives, Eileen – who love the chaos and are actually inspired by it. And I also know some highly creative people who cannot work in any kind of mess, they’re sticklers for calm, organised spaces.
I tend to have messy spells when things get busy but I love to restore order to my home and office – maybe it’s a feng shui thing but it always seems to spark new ideas and insights. Typical Libran – I always want the best of both worlds. 😉