I read a post in this last week's Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop asking writers where they find their creativity. Many stated that they get their creativity from other writers, artists, and books. I agree that I'm inspired by those things but that's not where I think our creativity comes from.
I think our creativity is innate. I had a friend in grade school who at a very tender age could not see beyond black and white. I don't remember what her family was like but I hated being forced to stay at her house after school. No matter what I tried to get her excited about something the kid was born with no imagination.
I'd say, "Let's be unicorns and play outside!" and she'd respond "We can't because we're not." Kid watched a lot of T.V.
Creativity can be blocked. I view it like tapping a well. I first learned I was talented at fiction when I told cops an elaborate story about how I couldn't possibly be the kid that was playing with the pay phone at the park. I thought you needed a quarter to dial 911. I was six. Motivated not to go to kinderprison I told a story. Motivation taps the well. You have to want it.
Do you agree? Please agree and/or disagree in the comments below.