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
What goes on in this story that makes someone want to read it – and other “shadows” that authors think about as they design cover art and write blurbs. Ever experience a time in your writing life when you stare at the screen absently and mutter to yourself, “What now?” And this is not some mental block that keeps you from writing. Oh no. It’s more like the inescapable time when you have to consider what will work for your cover art, and what won’t, and you are stricken with a lack of ideas for blurbs. My hubby, who is a
I think I have found about five actions you can take to beat procrastination. Procrastination is the action of putting off doing something, a postponing of a deadline. Have you ever procrastinated? I think we all have. Especially in school. We didn’t really WANT to put in the work to finish that science project, or that history project. We didn’t want to work on that speech debate in college either, did we? Well, procrastination is my favorite friend these days. I mean I have been inching toward the third book in the Shannon Wallace mystery series. I selected a few