It’s July Fifth, feels a lot like Monday, and hot out. The air is a sticky gray, and I somehow made it to work. I can’t even remember dressing in the bathroom. I swore when I left my house that I was going to be careful because driving while barely awake is dangerous. With the days’s food piled in my lunchbag, I walked inside the building. It was hopeless, and I was in sandals. The elevator was too empty to bear, never mind keep awake in; I didn’t even have head space because of sleep deprivation… I leaned against the
Creative words: What they look like Have you ever noticed how there are specific words that are used when people are exercising their creativity? Well, at least to me, it seems that certain words are the forerunners of a creative exercise. For example investigate these: Imagine… What if… Let’s try this… See what I mean? It’s almost like creatives start out their creativity stint with specific words. And I do mean ALL creatives, even musicians, even painters. Especially writers. Writers usually begin with a what if question and go from there. Exploring our creativity means being observant, asking questions, listening
How Kim got her creative drive My first real book was published when I was in my forties. Somewhere between grade school and the mid-life crisis, I became a real writer. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN? Well, first of all you have to answer in the affirmative to that creative urge-that nudge that says, “Hey, why not?” For me, I perused book stores like a homeless person eyes shelters. I needed books. I needed the escapism it offered. I was a writer who was fighting off the writing urge. But don’t do like I did. Don’t fight it! Read books.
Steal stuff Something a lot of writers are doing right now is asking themselves what they should do about a story they are stuck on. Well, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. What does this mean exactly? Idea theft. Read a lot of books by authors you like and respect. Figure out how they do what they do that appeals to you and go and do likewise. Listen to others tell their stories, let your muse poke you and give you an idea on how you could tell a similar one with your own spin. Word theft. There are