Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen
mrissa

One more thing on creative urges

I'm sorry to spam the friendspage today, but I think I've got it:

For me, the baking urge and the cooking urge are not creative impulses at all. They are caretaking impulses. This is why I have difficulty counting them as creative even when I'm making up recipes from scratch: because the creative part is a pleasant side effect, not why I do them. Making a loaf of bread? Fine. Making a loaf of bread specifically for someone who will specifically enjoy it? Deeply personally satisfying.

The story that came before Fortress of Thorns was a fairly rare union of creative and caretaking impulses, for reasons I don't want to get into here (=in public; you can talk to me on e-mail about it if you're curious). Anyway, I'm glad I've got that mostly sorted out.
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