Definition: marked with the desire or skill to create
Characters in Literature: Olivia (the pig), Amy March (Little Women), Skeeter Phelan (The Help), Joe (The Sky is Everywhere)
Common Portrayals: artists, authors and poets, actors, dancers, musicians, chefs, interior designers, fashion designers, entrepreneurs, child prodigies
Clichés to Avoid: the tormented artist; the hermit author; the frustrated, alcoholic or drug-addicted creative; the brilliant but socially awkward creative; the penniless, desperate actor
Twists on the Traditional Creative:
▪ Creatives are almost always driven by the passion to create. What about the reluctant creator? Someone who doesn’t necessarily want to do it for some reason, but they need to?
▪ Personally, I think the artist/author/musician creative has been overdone. I’d like to see more stories about highly creative characters in other fields: architecture, automotive manufacturing, city planning
▪ In the real world, successful CEOs are also creators, but their product is less tactile and “beautiful” than in the traditional creative arts. And all we hear about them is their financial prowess. Why not focus on their creative process instead?
Build a worthy protagonist with a mix of unique strengths that will help him overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful goals.
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