Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
[George Bernard Shaw]
One of the most common questions asked of an author is where do they get their story ideas. The answer is EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE. As George Bernard Shaw said, anything that stimulates an author’s imagination will ultimately lead to a better book. That stimulation can be found all around us: it might be a snippet of conversation overheard in a shopping mall; it might be an experience in day to day life; or it might be something completely visual, like a beautiful vista seen while hiking in the mountains. It’s called creative writing because once something pings an author’s imagination, a miraculous internal process called CREATIVITY takes place until a fully developed book emerges, like a baby from a mother’s womb. In fact, authors have been known to refer to our books-in-progress as “my baby”, and struggle to let them fly free into the world at the end of the process for fear they will be rejected.
CREATIVITY is a well that must be constantly primed through all manner of creative pursuits – mine primarily include jewelry making, art journaling, and watercolour painting. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait until you master something before your creative soul feels the benefits. It’s like exercise if you’ve never exercised, a 15-minute walk in the sunshine will make you feel like you’ve just run a marathon! The joy is in the doing. I’m learning to draw right now, and I am really not very good but who cares. I’m sharing the experience with a nephew who is also learning – and showing some real talent, I might add.
Go ahead, feed your creative spirit. It’ll thank you for it. And you have no idea where it might lead you.
Just to be clear – I created all of these from YouTube video tutorials, primarily The FrugalCrafter, and based on free reference photos from Pixabay unless otherwise noted. That means I don’t sell them – I’m just putting them here so you can see that I’m not a “real” artist and to encourage you to dive right in and explore your creative side. Don’t be shy!