Jennifer Hudock is an author, poet and freelance writer from Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University, and enjoys writing in a variety of styles from dark fantasy and horror, to drama and creative nonfiction.
She has been writing for nearly twenty-three years, and has been published in zines like Strange Horizons, eMuse, The Watershed, had one of her short stories appear in Library of the Dead’s Book of the Dead: A Zombie Anthology, and has upcoming work to appear in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies.
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Creativity is the spark of life. Many of us want to be considered creative because it gives us the power to emulate life. For centuries “There’s nothing new under the sun” has saturated the creative zone, and people use that complain about the literature on the market, artwork in galleries, music on the scene, poetry explorations.
The truth is, there is nothing new under the sun. The same old stories have been told hundreds of thousands of times, and you can recognize them if you know where and how to look. For instance, while J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is considered a new and innovative series for young people, much of the story creatively borrows from a handful of stories past. Is not the relationship between Dumbledore and Harry reflective of Arthurian legend and the classic mentor/mentee relationship of Merlin and Arthur? That is but one example, and if you look through the stories and books you read, you will find elements of old stories spun anew through each and every one of them.
That is how you fool the sun as a creative individual: by tricking it to shine on the same old same old in a whole new light. Those with a true creative spark and vision can look at any story they’ve read in the past and find a way to make it new and unique again.
So, who possesses this creative spark?
Does it brand you conceited to believe you may hold it inside you?
Absolutely not. I personally believe we are all born knowing what it is we are meant to do in this world. Some of us are born storytellers, others contain the power of music inside them. Others still can look at a simple scene you or I might find ordinary and capture it on film in breathtaking light.
Not sure if you have what it takes?
Don’t give up on yourself just yet. Practice. Hone your skills and keep at it. Art and beauty are what makes the world go round that big old sun, and being a part of the creation of that beauty is incredibly fulfilling.
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