On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

Personal notes on writing techniques, writing a novel, my writing career and threading your way through publishing a book.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Creativity 2

All right. If you've been following my blog, you all know that I have strong feelings about creativity. First, I believe that EVERYONE is creative -- whether it's at baking, raising children (there's no more creative process!) knitting, fishing, mapmaking, or software design.

I also believe that if you want to be a writer, you focus on your writing and not any other creativity. That is, you give most of your creative input/output to your writing. You don't split between writing and painting or writing and composing.

But playing with other creative outlets is fine. I used to do improv and was pretty good at one time, but when my group broke up, I didn't search for another one. It didn't mean that much to me. Every year at this time I'm asked to participate in an improv show at Mile Hi Con. I decline. I am beyond rusty and nervous onstage. Now, as I said before, I play with graphics.

In HeartMate, I mentioned a set of Divination Cards, and a spread (way to lay them out). A couple of months back I was asked where to get these a couple of times (I don't know, but I think there was a bet going on -- "they exist" "no, they don't"). Well, I'd made them up, but it got me thinking that I could do my playing with graphics thing and make some up.

The first card mentioned is Heir of Wands (I had to look that up, it's a wonderful thing, FIND in document), but I haven't made one of those up. I mentioned the GreatSuite, which I would liken to the Major Arcana (but not 21 cards) of the Tarot. One of the next cards mentioned was the Crimson Nuts of Knowledge -- Hazel, which includes the salmon of wisdom eating the nuts, then being eaten himself. Well, I got the Hazel tree, hazel nuts, and a salmon. I know this isn't great art, but it satisfies me. And someday, maybe--- or maybe not.

Anyway, here it is. My playtime to help refill my writing muse.
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May the knowledge of a new technique grace you today,


Blogger Cheyenne McCray said...

I just ran across your blog and thought I'd say HI! I enjoyed your entry about creativity. I tend to put all my creativity into writing novels. I do split between YA and romance (under two different names) but I'm still writing. It's quite a switch.

Just wanted to say hi. I killed off my old blog a week ago, and started a new blog yesterday, using the same service you do. My old one was bravenet and I actually had to pay $70 a year for no pop-ups!

OK, enough chatting. Have a good one!


1:28 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

Thanks Chey, thought I'd said welcome!

Good to see you here!

6:26 AM  

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