Provoke, Mine, and Activate Your Artistic DNA

Artistic DNA

This contri­bu­tion is sourced from the Writer Unboxed site and is provided by a guest author Bernice L. McFadden. She is the author of nine novels includ­ing: Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest DecemberGathering of Waters. Her thoughts on artist­ic DNA:

I don’t believe that creat­ive writing can be taught. But I do believe that wheth­er a pound or an ounce, we all have creativ­ity within us. So, my job becomes not to teach my students how to write creat­ively, but rather to expose them to creat­ive forms that provoke, mine, and activ­ate their own artist­ic DNA.

Artistic DNA?

McFadden defines herself as a self-taught writer who learned her craft through reading the works of writers she enjoys. Sharing a background as a self-taught writer this gave me a desire to learn more. I like the idea of having artist­ic DNA. Alongside having such a DNA, you must be able to provoke, mine and activ­ate your artist­ic DNA. However I believe any skill can be taught and writing is just anoth­er skill which may be acquired. Learning simply requires a student who is willing to learn and a skilful teach­er willing to teach.

To my mind this activ­a­tion can occur as a result of teach­ing. The student has to have a willing­ness to learn how to acquire or provoke within themselves the skills being taught.

She states:

My greatest joy is seeing the flash of light on a student’s face when he/she reads an origin­al piece of their own creation, and receives applause and accol­ades from their class­mates.

How do you provoke, mine and activ­ate your artist­ic DNA? This is an import­ant question that every writer needs to discov­er as they both learn and grow. What are your thoughts?

Source: Provoke, Mine and Activate Your Artistic DNA

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