When you get into the habit of writing regularly, you’ll graduate to those flashes of insight when you instinctively know how everything connects, it’s known as ‘thinking above the curve’ and ‘over-logic’. Whatever it is, for us writers, it’s magic.
It can help the creative process to look at a beautiful abstract
Emerging writers (I’m not fond of the adjective, but haven’tcome up with a better description) frequently fall into two categories;
· Full of ideas and images but wavering in a limbo of indecision about which writing route to take.
· An unquenchable drive to write but lacking in ideas and feeling devoid of creativity and imagination.
Let’s look at the full-of-ideas situation first. So you’re bursting with all sorts of inspiration, characters, locations, bits of plots etc., but can’t decide what to do with them or in which direction to go? Have you moments of giddy passion about writing a novel? Should it be historical? A thriller? Perhaps a gothic fantasy? Maybe you’d be better settling for short stories?
Only you can answer. But if in doubt about your writing direction, I suggest you keep an open mind at this stage, and develop the habit of writing regularly to hone your skills. Eventually you will know. And the relief of having a goal to aim for is enormous.
As for the second category: even when the drive to write is well and truly there – sometimes deep and silent within you; on other occasions positively clamouring for expression, you can still feel stymied by lack of creativity and imagination.
Remember writing being a learned craft.
Creativity and imagination are interlinked. Their function is to enable us to see and feel reality we wouldn’t otherwise experience. Imagination lights up reality. Imagination insists on reality. Despite what we may think, the function of the imagination is not just to escape into dreams, it can be creatively channelled. Put to work.It’s facile to say – just write. If you’re stuck for something to write about go back to the exercises in (1). In the process you will develop your own way of writing and your writing voice. Next week we’ll look at tried and tested methods of releasing creativity