Monday, April 4, 2022

#AtoZChallenge C is for “Creativity vs. Conventionality”

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The team's theme of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year is:

C = “Creativity vs. Conventionality”

When I learned I'd be assigned to write for the letter "C" for the A to Z team post, the first word that came to mind was creativity — mostly because so much of what I do for work as well as for fun requires that aptitude. Over the decades, it’s a "muscle" that I've worked out a lot. So, I know it to be well-developed when it comes to the way I approach most things in life. 

In deciding to view creativity through the lens of the A to Z theme of duality the concept that came to mind as being the opposite of creativity, to me, was conventionality. And so, it is the inverse nature of those two concepts that I've chosen to write about today . . . but, through a blogging perspective.

Balancing the Creative and Conventional

When you consider the life of a blogger, there are likely many habits and rituals that contribute to the convention of writing and posting to a blog on a recurring basis.

Every blogger has their own individual process that likely benefits from the use of something conventional. Perhaps it presents itself in the form of sitting down to write at the same time every day or routinely doing Task A before completing Task B and Task C. Perhaps your convention is eating the same breakfast every morning or wearing the same sweater when you write.

Some conventions are arbitrary to one's creative process and are just convenient or the result of "doing what you've always done."  But, some conventions are essential and necessary to a blog's longevity, such as those used to reinforce branding objectives . . . or those that allow followers to feel continuously connected to the content of a beloved blog.

What Conventions Inspire Your Creativity

Still, as non-creative as some conventions might be, there are benefits to having them . . . if they serve as the foundation on which one builds something creative and original. So, it's not a bad idea to periodically review your creative process and note the conventions that work for or against your creativity as it pertains to your blogging process. Are the habits and conventions you use every day working well for your process . . . or are they detrimental and dousing your creative spark?

As bloggers and creatives, we have to routinely walk the line between conventionality and creativity to come up with something relatable, yet original for the masses. What conventions will you rely on to spark original blog posts throughout the month of April as you write for the A to Z challenge? How do you use conventions to spark your creativity?

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Are there any conventions or habits within your creative process that spurs
innovative ideas for your blog or creative projects?

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Dino said...

My C post

ladyleemanila said...

have a great week everyone :)

nashvillecats2 said...

I dabble in writing poetry and the creativity is brought on by what is going on in my life from day to day.
Have a good week with the Challenge.


Crackerberries said...

Howdy folks,
Depending on what "season" of life I'm in will play a huge part into my blogging efforts. For example today's post falls right in line with what I have going on at at work today. And one of my worst hate things is Constructive Criticism
Enjoy your day.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

I didn't really go for "creativity" when I decided on what I'll be doing on my blog this April: I went for conventional book reviews. And it serves my creativity well as I'm reading widely and filling the creative well.

Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: C

Cheryl said...

What a great topic for today. I fall much more into the conventional end of the spectrum, but real life sparks creativity.

Talking about challenge and change today.

Pradeep Nair said...

My post on Day 3 - Cats

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Conventions do give you a base to start from when blogging, such as standard topics to build on.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Today's post is actually a very good example of my creative process. Or at least one of them!

Today I talk about some "monsters" that I have worked on over the years. The Cryptoterrestrial Hypothesis is idea is that all the so-called "extraterrestrials" on Earth are all really natives. So here are the Derros and Ophidians for NIGHT SHIFT.

The Ohhidians in particular were a "by-product" of my typical creative process of listening to music to get me into the mood to write. Whether it is blogging or one of my RPG books. In this particular case listening to Duran Duran's Union of the Snake (the whole album) gave me an idea of an ancient snake-like humanoid species.

The rest flowed from that.

Afshan Shaik said...

A convention I always follow is sticking to my real life experiences as much as I can!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Good day A2Zers! My posts are set to publish each day 6am EST. Despite having missed dropping by on Saturday I got a few visitors. I am behind naturally but will make my way to every person. That all being said, I'm certain I'll forget again to pop over. That doesn't mean I don't have something to share, though.

Clearing the field

Leslie Moon said...

I am on the far side of creative spectrum so when faced with convention I procrastinate or just want to get it done. So when I'm under a cloud of convention I write, draw, shoot photography or I jump back into blogging in April.


Clearly Crazy

Anne M Bray said...

C is for...


The Fluevog Catrin shoe:

Donna Smith said...

Ah, conventionality vs creativity...I'm hoping I have a little of both this year with my FAKE word ekphrastics posts!
Donna JT Smith

2 gators said...

Today my post was on covered wagons

Damyanti Biswas said...

Nothing like a good routine to go about your goals!

Michelle Wallace said...

" your creative process and note the conventions that work for or against your creativity..."
It's an ongoing process and a good practice!