|"To give birth to ideas." Is this only an expression, or are there really parallels between giving birth and creativity?
J'emploie très souvent cette métaphore : je suis une sage-femme d'idées. Ce n'est pas moi qui fabrique le bébé(l'idée), ce sont les gens, je suis là pour les aider à accoucher dans le bonheur, le plaisir, l'envie, pour avoir un bébé tel qu'ils le veulent.
Not in my case. If create my work felt like what I think giving birth feels like I would not do it. Giving birth hurts like hell, squeezing a huge mass through a tiny orifice. Creating art is awesome, the most fun you can have without stimulants or a naked woman.
Suck it up, Buttercup!
Yes, I think there is a parallel between giving birth and creativity. You have to start somewhere, and even if you are not the most creative in one area, you might in a totally other area. I can't draw for crap...but my husband, you should see how he can draw a character for a video game. He wasn't always that way, he had to learn, just like giving birth.
I do think there is a parallel. I find that ideas come from labours. The more I learn, discover, and grow - the more I have to express, say, create. I think there is also a parallel to simply breathing. I have to breathe in, taking in the world and filling my lungs with new understanding, before I can breathe out the processed result. The reverse is also true - I must empty myself, before I can reload with new, fresh discoveries and ideas.
One could always force the metaphor but I'd leave it at:
- there's the spark of an idea and
- there's the gestation of it.
How it takes its final form happens in so many different ways from the very easy to the nearly impossible.
I've never given birth but I have seen it, and to me the two deliveries are very different.
Both are sponteanious. Would tend to have to agree as I often see something and then have about 1000 plus thoughts rush through my mind and I am inspired to be creative.
I.e. I was walikng one day and two large dogs ran over to the fence and began barking at me. I wrote a song that day entitled "Barking Dogs" about an ex-girlfriend of mine. We are soon to record this song.
Ideas are the result of human curiosity and the need to explain the universe, not a spontaneous combination of genes. Although ideas seem to live outside their creators and sometimes they feel like our own children.
For me this is a expression of creativity ! (what a good answer)
Sometimes when i have a idea my mind run very fast and i need to stop my enthousiasm because i'm to excisted to do that. I can sleep and i working all night long.
I think that this analogy also refers to the notion that once you have created something, you are also it's parent in a way. You're invested deeply in it's success, you're tied irrevocably to it's life, and you're proud of your accomplishment and subsequently the creation's accomplishments. And because the creation process can be so difficult, you actually do bond with it, the way one might bond with a thing that is alive - through shared experiences and later, memories.
I can definitely say there definitely is a parallel.
It is something that you feel start to stir around in your minds eye, you feel it coming alive and growing, and you see it when its complete in art form.
Now that said, I have never given birth so...that opinion may change one day.
Well, I always think of my books as my babies. I have three children, and I gave birth to each one of them. And for me, being creative is far easier than giving birth.
I think I am so blessed because I dearly love to write, it is not difficult. When I start writing I get so excited to see how the story is going to turn out. In a way that's like giving birth to a child, because when the baby is born it is so exciting, but we never know for certain how our child will turn out. We give them our values, and rules to live by, also lots of love and understanding, but still in the end it's up to them how they live their lives.
I think there are certainly parallels between giving birth and fostering creative ideas. Both require long periods of development and gestation, the cooperation and support of a large number of individuals, potentially (and almost inevitably) painful periods of challenge and growth, and ultimately a safe space in which to lay your baby (metaphorical or actual) once it has come to fruition.
Not sure if we give birth to ideas or if they pre-exist and we pull them out of the ether. I think the ideas are already out there. We just have to perceive them.
There is a parallel between giving birth to ideas and creativity. While reading The Age of the Unthinkable by Ramo, the idea of a new type of economic development based on "distributed intelligence" in local communities entered my mind for the first time.
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