I don’t have any statistics from scientific studies to throw at you, but based on what I know about the talented writers I’ve encountered, I stand by that statement. For most of us, a penchant for writing was the fruit which grew from our love of reading when we were young. We admired our favorite author’s ability to take us to other places, times, and situations, and we wanted to do this too. So we began crafting stories of our own.
Whether we did so consciously or not, we emulated our literary mentors. As we read their work, we began to dissect their stories, to see how they created the illusions. Like studying a magic act, we wanted to discover the slight-of-word that made it all believable.
Most of us still enjoy reading. Unfortunately, many now do not spend much time reading great novels. We’re spending so much time reading as research, or for education, or as part of our marketing efforts that the great masters lay on a shelf gathering dust. The library is thinking of closing our account because our card has not been used in such a long time. This is a shame. Continue reading “Taking Time For Reading”
First person is a very common voice for writers to use in fiction, especially in mysteries and crime thrillers; this voice allows the reader to discover the plot as it unfolds through the protagonists eyes.
Harold said, “I never knew her.” But I knew he was lying. I knew for a fact that Harold and Liz went to school together, shared a few classes and even dated for a while after they graduated. Why was he lying? I decided not to press the point just yet; I’d dangle a rope and see if he’d hang himself first.
First person can be limiting because the reader can only experience what the POV character knows, or experiences. This means that the scope of the novel needs to be fairly tight. Using multiple POV characters (first person serial) can expand the view considerably. Generally this is done by letting characters take turns in relating events as the story unfolds. Sometimes someone does something unusual such as in Levi Montgomery’s The Death of Patsy McCoy where the same story is retold through the eyes of several characters and each retelling reveals new facets of the complete story. Continue reading “Difficult Voices: First Person Plural”
Today I am delighted to have as my guest, best-selling novelist Toby Neal. In this guest-post she shares some thoughts and insights on the creative process and we introduce her latest book. Please make her welcome…
What is the creative process?
Different for everyone, sure. For me, it’s connected to daydreaming, and then making and doing stuff.
Yeah, real scientific.
Mulling, wandering, chewing a bit of grass as I kick a pebble on my walk with my (small/fuzzy/ridiculous) dogs, I think of a new scene.
Tilting my head to spot a flamenco dancer in the shape of a cloud. I take an Istagram pic of it (find me at tobyneal0)!
Recently there has been a good deal of discussion going on about creativity: what it is, where it comes from, how it works, and how to get it to work better for you. Many articles have been written on how to encourage your imagination, how to feed your muse. As writers we depend on our imagination to craft our stories. Novelists most of all, but even non-fiction is enlivened by creative writing.
In this article I’m not going to try to tell you how to build up your creative muscle, I’m going to do an analytical breakdown of the creative process I went through to write my last blog post. I’ll preface it by saying that this is not the process I use all the time: sometimes an article just springs into my mind, fully written, my only task is to record it before the words fade from my mind. Often these Inspired Writings occur at the most inopportune times: like 3:00 am. If I am able to ignore the call and go back to sleep I’ll remember that I had a wonderful idea, but won’t remember anything more about it. Opportunity lost! Continue reading “The Mechanics of Creativity”
Recently I’ve been asked by several author/bloggers to submit a guest post about creativity. At first I balked because when it come to creativity I feel like a gnu among gazelles. I “hang out” with a lot of novelists but I am a non-fiction writer. I’ve tried writing novels – three of them – they all made the rounds of agents without a nibble. I write well, so I assumed I’m just not creative enough.
But a few people have been kind enough to help me change my mind (a little) on that. OK, I’m not a novelist, but I’ve always tried to keep my non-fiction from being dry and boring. My latest book has received some great reviews, I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award, the One Lovely Blog award and Mitchell Allen (one of the most creative bloggers I know) once told me, “You could make a trip to the Post Office entertaining”. So I hot-glued some flashing Christmas tree lights to a colander, slipped it onto my head as a thinking cap and set to work.
First up was Stuart Nager, AKA The Born Storyteller. I met Stuart on Twitter and we became friends and co-conspirators when we ended up huddled around the same bonfire on Triberr. You can read my Guest Post, Creativity and Inspiration on his web site. Also be sure to drop by his blog, Tale Spinning, to read his excellent short stories. Stuart is, among other things, a Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Teacher, and Drama Coach.
Terre is co-author of The Four Orders, a four-book Sci-Fi/Thriller series that begins with life-altering discoveries and builds momentum towards our society’s self-actualization. Terre is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator and has recently moved into the fields of Video and Motion Graphics. She holds a degree in History in Art with a minor in English and is a published Art Reviewer. We’ve been communication compadre’s for some time now as we help one another promote our books.
Please pop over and read Training Creativity; it’s a short post and I think you’ll find it entertaining.
I wrote the Mechanics of Creativity as a guest post for another blogger who invited me to guest, then dropped off the face of the Earth and hasn’t been heard from since. So I posted it here in order to keep it in the same timeline as the rest. This article is an analysis of how I came up with Training Creativity.