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Reimagining Beauty – I is for Inventiveness

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For my Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I am writing about how storytellers, writers, parents, teachers (in other words, just about anyone) can reimagine beauty to be more inclusive. That way, people with disabilities, varying body types and racial backgrounds, etc. (in other words, anyone) can feel and be recognized by the world as the beauties they truly are.

Reimagining Beauty – I is for Inventiveness

The elegant, creative solution to a problem is simply beautiful. When all the stressful puzzle pieces fall into place and pesky problems depart, life is awash in unadulterated loveliness. “Wouldn’t it be loverly” if such a skill could be bottled and handed out as swag at every library, school, and therapist’s office?

“Give me a half pound of turkey, three pickles, some handcrafted Bruschetta, and a liter of inventiveness to go, please?”

The creative spirit – inventiveness – is beautiful. Who turns lemons into lemonade? Who transforms rags into a glamorous wardrobe? Who cause colors to spring to life on canvases? Who can invent, dream up, hatch, concoct, fabricate, make, start up, birth? The people who harbor the muse of inventiveness, that’s who! And they are beautiful.

Think about any story of any type. Tales turn on a problem, conflict or dilemma that a protagonist faces. From superheroes to princesses to angry housewives to your 7th grade teacher, if they are in a story, they have to solve or overcome something.

And there is beauty is in the solution. Maybe a completely creative, impulsive fix; perhaps it is a carefully devised, thoughtful solution. The point is that removing obstacles usually takes more than luck. It takes originality interwoven with brainpower, a teaspoon of the inspiration, which is then kneaded to perfection with experience. And the more unusual the solution, the more beautiful.

If you are writing or telling a story, any character can take a moment to reflect on the action of another. Characters can respond directly to others with compliments about another’s beauty because of a breathtakingly beautiful solution to a predicament.

When we create something new and different, people take notice. We are drawn to new things. Think about it. Don’t most people turn their heads when a baby is in the room? Though we love familiarity and ritual, we also love what is fresh and move forward with the new and the creative.

Inventiveness is a term that encompasses solutions of the mind and heart. It connotes science, humanities, and the arts. Inventive people are creative; creative people are inventive. Honor the dream weavers for the beauty they hold within.

Characters whom you tell and write about: fictional ones, real ones, true to life ones, can be described by their creative approach to the world. No matter what we look like, we are all great beauties during moments of inventiveness.

What people or characters that you know or have written/told about are beautiful for their inventiveness?

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8 thoughts on “Reimagining Beauty – I is for Inventiveness

  1. Yes. Though I think it’s lacking these days . . .

  2. A very interesting post! You’re so right, Inventiveness is such an important part of creativity and is the backbone of every story. Reading this was a good little boost for me actually, I’m a little bit stuck on my novel and I need a dose of Inventiveness to get myself out of it!

    So yes a dose of Inventiveness to go would be lovely! 😉

    • Right… I know when I’m at a creative roadblock, and I struggle and struggle to ‘get it’ – then, when I “invent” the solution, that moment is one of immense beauty (not to mention relief) 🙂 What kind of novel are you working on?

      • It’s Fantasy. It was going to be the first book in a series, but then as I wrote the outline for book 1 it was so huge in itself that I’m breaking it down into novellas – I might do a big series of novellas, I’m not entirely sure yet. At the moment I’m still discovering the story and I’ll work out how to package it later.

        And yes I know exactly what you mean, when you unstick yourself from a roadblock it’s a thing of total beauty (and I always feel so proud of myself too! haha)

      • The process of discovering a story can be so neat. Yes it takes time and slog, but still, it’s like being on an adventure. Enjoy what you can of it Celine! 🙂

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