Episode Title: How do I know if I’m creative enough?
Now that you are in the first throes of writing your story, early challenges might bring you to believe that people who write must be creatively special, and that great book writers must have been those smart kids who were always raising their hands in grammar school. But let me assure you, everyone is creative. It’s just that day-to-day life does not require most of us to use our creative muscles that often. And as with any atrophy of the body, it will take some effort to get the creative juices flowing, so to speak. But the more of it you do, the easier it will become.
Image from Pixabay
Are you creative? Of course, you are. The first time you stacked toy building blocks in a new way, you were creative. When you saw a new way to achieve a triple word score in the game of scrabble, you were creative. When you painted walls different colors, and accented them with your own flair, you were creative. When, at the office, you sold an idea that no one had ever thought of before, you were creative. And now you are creating your story, just as you have created so many other things before.
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay
“Creativity” is defined as “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” That sounds like you, doesn’t it? With every word you write, you are in the intellectual process of creation. You are developing your story’s plot, subplots, characters, points of view, settings, and so on, all creative actions. Said another way, without you, think of how much will never be created; how your characters will never breathe, how your plot and subplots will never converge, and how you will never create the satisfaction of having fulfilled your longtime desire to write. It is your time, no one else’s. And above all, remember, you are writing first for yourself; that there is no need for you to become expert at the skill of writing, not unless you choose to do so, as I have discussed in earlier blogs. Write on and good luck!