Is Creativity Dangerous?

I have to admit I was surprised when I saw this question for the first time. I suppose it goes back to the common myth of the starving/suffering artist.
Is creativity dangerous? The short answer is both yes and no.

It can be, especially if you buy into the myth that all artists/writers/creatives are drug addicts or alcoholics. (Let’s disabuse that right now. We’re not.)

There is, unfortunately, some relatively recent examples of this.

In his book On Writing, Stephen King admitted he doesn’t remember writing Cujo because of alcohol.

Julia Cameron, novelist and playwright famous for The Artist’s Way, has said at one point, she did not know if she could create without the crutch of alcohol.

These are two extreme examples. I think it’s important, too, to realize they overcame their dependence and are just as strong — if not stronger — on the other side of it.

Before you start using anything — even caffeine — as a creativity crutch, I would encourage you to examine your motivations. Can you create just as well or better without it? Do you feel like you absolutely have to have it before you can do anything?

Do what you can to avoid any kind of chemical dependence. (I’m obviously not talking about prescriptions you may need to function without depression, anxiety, or any other physical or mental health issue.)

So is creativity dangerous? 

Not inherently, no. Depending on what you bring to it, it can appear to be. However, creativity, in my opinion, is a natural state of being. In fact, we often create without knowing it.

No. I do not think creativity is dangerous.

Author: jencnipps

I am a writer/speaker/fiber artist based in south-central Oklahoma.

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