SPOTLIGHT | Aren Morris
1.How would you describe yourself?
In progress…. Constantly evolving creatively, professionally, as a parent, wife, woman and human being.
2.What role does creativity play in your life?
Creativity is a craving of honesty, truth. Being creative is when I feel closest to God and my true self.
3.What are you currently working on?
I am always writing poetry… interesting words or ideas on slips of paper, lines of a poem in whatever journal I am carrying around, complete poems in a folder on my iPad.
As a drama teacher, I often have some sort of production idea brewing… currently a piece using black and white makeup, to give the look of an old black and white film, as well as one on the history of Fultz House, a historic manor located in the town I teach in.
More specifically, I am writing my first novel.
4.What was the last book/movie/podcast etc. that left an impression on you?
I recently finished reading “Love Warrior” by Glennon Melton Doyle. Wow! It is the most loving and compassionate feminist manifesto I’ve ever experienced. It confirmed many things I knew already and encouraged me to love myself even more profoundly.
5.What advice would you give to other creatively driven people?
Creativity takes time. You have to schedule it in. When I leave it to chance, the ideas get frustrated with me and they take off, but if I take the time to write them down as they make themselves known, I can do more, write more, create more.
Also, it’s important to book time in your schedule. For me, predominantly creative through writing, I am happiest when I have a regular time in my routine to read, write, walk, meditate and so on. I live a chaotic and loud life as a drama teacher and mom to two boys, so scheduled “me” time, reflective, quiet time and time to sit my ass in a chair and write is not just crucial, but where I find balance and peace.