Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Shut Up & Write!
I finally finished the Harry Potter series, so I decided to dive into one of my girlfriend’s creative writing textbooks. Shut Up & Write! is a short and helpful guide for writing everything from fiction to newspaper articles to college papers. It’s pretty broad and all-encompassing, so I don’t think it’s for many besides novices; a lot of the advice I found within was good, but most of I already knew. Still, it was a good way to freshen up a bit just in time for a fantasy short story competition I’m entering. That’s right—I’m getting back into fantasy writing. Finally. Wish me luck.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Continuing with the Harry Potter movies, I moved onto Chamber of Secrets last weekend. This sucker was long (almost three hours), and though the plot is good, it’s a mystery more than anything, and it felt a bit rushed even in those three hours. Plus, Hermione is hardly in it at all, which is a bit sad. Oh, and at the end, after Harry saves the day, Hermione rushes in and hugs Harry. What does she do with Ron? Shakes his hand. Ooh, I was mad. It’s bad enough that Potter is the biggest Gary Stu who was ever written, but the movie producers/director/writers tried to establish Hermione as Harry’s girlfriend? If I were Ron, I would’ve walked right out of Hogwarts and never returned. Poor kid.