I decided to try something different for my blog, focus less on the specific craft of writing and spend some time talking about the entire creative process. I realized that creativity doesn’t start and stop when I type up my stories.
It’s no accident that crafting, writing, singing and other creative arts are often found in one person. I grew up on a
steady diet of broomstick crochet, macramé, knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, piano lessons, vocal lessons and the like. I love to read and I do love to write. The only thing that I didn’t do much with was drawing/painting. I can draw a tree and that’s about it.
Sparking creativity is a must if one wants to write and write well. In former blog posts, you’ll see that I don’t believe in writer’s block. Why should I believe in something that blocks my creative flow? Why should I admit to the existence of something that prevents me from putting my stories on paper? Instead, I use triggers to spark my creative side.
How do I do this? It’s simple. Observe the creative works of others. Sometimes I watch something completely mindless on television before I work. Sometimes I look at paintings. Sometimes I reread a favorite book and/or watch a favorite movie and find things there that I never saw before.
For example, I’ve seen Shadow of a Doubt with Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten what seems like a million times. I watched it again last night and realized that the screenwriter gives us a reason why Joseph Cotton is the killer he is. Apparently, he was in a bicycle accident when he was six or seven years old and hit his head. After that, his sister said something about ‘ever since then, he’s been getting into trouble’ or something like that.
I thought it was an interesting detail that I’d missed the first few times I’d screened the movie. That could be enough to start a germinating character in the back of your mind.
Sparking your creative fires can be as simple as perusing a photography coffee table book or watching a children’s show. Try it. Find out what works for you.