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Be Creative!

Creativity is about letting your imagination run free—it’s about being courageous enough to try something artistic that’s never been done before and see what happens.

Your own creativity can take many shapes. It could be words on paper. Or maybe a form of artwork: drawings, paintings or sculptures. Your creative spirit might be found in cooking or photography, music or dance. Whatever the shape, creativity is a special kind of intelligence. And I think it’s definitely worth exploring.

brooke's earliest writing!
Brooke's earliest writing about animals was a 15-page report on birds written at the age of 7.

When I was young I wrote a lot, usually while sitting on my bed. I scribed poems, stories and songs, plus lots of reports about my favorite animal species. I loved being creative—it was like a mental escape from the day-to-day difficulties of my young life. But I wasn’t always comfortable showing my writing to other people. Sometimes my words felt too personal to share. That’s why I didn’t believe my mom when she said she thought I would grow up to be an author. Writing was something I did just for ME.

A String Bean Horse by Camilla Wing
A String Bean Horse by Camilla Wing.
Brookie with poet R.O. Evans
This is me with my Grandpa Evans when I was just a toddler.

My dad’s mom, Grandma Bessesen, whose pen name was Camilla Wing, was an author. She wrote children’s books, too. The String Bean Horse was published in 1941 and now it’s a collector’s item. And my mom’s dad, Grandpa Evans, was a well-loved poet in Minnesota. I spent summers there and he taught me everything I know about meter and rhyme. He was a great teacher. Perhaps it was the family influence, maybe even genes that set me on the path to becoming an author. Or maybe I was just a kid who loved to write.

Of course, as an illustrator I also love drawing and working with fabrics—incase you couldn’t tell from my books and website, I’m crazy about colors! And I love to dance, too. In fact, I’m a fan of artistic avenues and I do a variety of creative things.

If you don’t already have a creative outlet, I encourage you to try something just for YOU! Write, draw, paint, sew, weld, carve, knit, sing, dance. Decorate a cake, build a model rocket, shoot a camera or play an instrument. I bet you’ll have a blast! And being creative is not only good fun, it’s good for you. It builds brain cells that make you even smarter. Who doesn’t like being smart? That’s a no-brainer.

Just remember, the very best thing about you is—YOU! Since creativity is about being original, just be your own, original, amazing self. Enjoy your thoughts and ideas. And let your creativity run WILD!