Curiosity and Creativity


Curiosity has both a positive and negative connotation.  Seen as inquisitiveness it is interest, a desire to know something, to gain knowledge – admirable qualities. Taken more as snooping, however, it’s showing nosiness and a tendency to pry – an intrusiveness most of us don’t welcome.

Our visitors last night displayed a little of both aspects. Two raccoons appeared at the darkened window beside my chair, peering in, perhaps hoping for a handout, although I don’t know why. We never feed them; we don’t want them to become dependent or aggressive.

For a time our six-year-old granddaughter sat at the patio door almost nose to nose with them, enthralled, but securely separated by the glass. I don’t know who was more curious about the other.

The encounter reminded me of my first introduction to a new story idea. A visual image of someone coaxes me to investigate who it is, what is being done and why, when, and where. Curiosity draws me into a fictional world that begs for exploration, a story waiting to be discovered – a world on the other side of the glass.

Of necessity a writer is a curious person, but the desire to know shouldn’t be limited to a make believe world. To write well we need to be engrossed in life. Reality provides constant stimulation for an imaginative mind.

How curious are you? What fuels your creativity?