Creativity. Making something good and wonderful from something ordinary.

Sometimes writing is more about inspiration than it is anything else, and other times it is all about the perspiration.

Even when we are inspired and our work is flowing, there is a lot of work involved.

Research. The internet is an awesome resource and I highly recommend you do not rely solely on Wikipedia, The Fount of All Knowledge, fine repository of sometimes mythic information that it is.

Stitching the plot holes together. Finding them is the trick, because everything looks perfect to me, until Irene gets hold of it!


Meeting and greeting the characters who people your tales. I write descriptions and biographies of them as they appear in the first raw draft of the tale so that I know them and how they will react in a given situation.

The day 14 writing prompt for the short story a day  in the month of May from for today was (and I quote:)

“Simple task today (ha!): The Prompt Write a story that opens, “On the edge of the mountain, silhouetted against the setting sun, there is a small ramshackle cottage made of wood.” Tips This sounds, at first blush, as if it has to be set in a fantasy or fairy-tale world, but I bet you can […]”

SOOOOO this is what MY somewhat less than fertile mind came up with today:

On the edge of the mountain, silhouetted against the setting sun, there is a small ramshackle cottage made of wood. The wind blows through the cracks and crevices, and the glass that once graced the windows has long since fallen prey to the winter storms.

Once it was full of laughter, love and merriment. Children played in the now wild garden. Raccoons now raise their young beneath the floor boards, and owls nest in the rafters.

The cottage and the mountain are one; both have always been and only time will tear them down. Nature always takes back her own.

This is in keeping with my commitment to writing my shorts in 100 word bursts, even though I’m not that impressed with it.  It’s an exercise, and just doing it is good for the writing muscles.

Am I any closer to being able to write a decent pitch for my forthcoming novels?  I don’t know, but I’m having fun.  One day I wrote my 100 words as a love poem, too frank and soul-baring to post here.

It’s cathartic in a way – 100 words that fall out of me for no one’s amusement but my own. Some are good enough to share, some are just mental crap. But it’s a good exercise, and it stirs the creative juices.


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3 responses to “Creativity

  1. I love these shorts – such a great writing exercise!


  2. Everyone seems to make character sketches but I never have–except as an exercise in a writing class. I like to discover everything about them as readers do, although I do tend to know more than the reader would get. Perhaps that ‘method’ originated in my early sci-fi writing days where the character mattered less than the plot. My sojourn in MFA camp did make me put characters first, however.

    The best thing I ever learned about novel writing was from David Huddle who was the visiting writer one semester in my MFA program. He suggested we write in scenes. He used the analogy of opera: aria is the real-time action, and recitativo, the exposition that moves us to the next aria. I’ve found that works very well, especially in this day and age where films have conditioned readers to think in short scenes instead of long chapters.


    • @Alison – Thank you!

      @Stephen That is a great analogy. I had not heard of David Huddle, but based on your post I have just ordered his book of essays, The Writing Habit. One can’t have too many books on writing! (Or too many books!)

      I get into trouble later in the ms, if I don’t clearly visualize my character when they first join the party. They tend to merge with each other, and lose their definition, so for myself, knowing them as people I would like or despise is key to avoiding that pitfall.