There are times when I feel very creative. Ideas flow and work gets done. At other times I feel like my creativity has been sucked right out of me. I’ve got nothing. This week I was on a plane going from California to Virginia. I had a 5-hour flight, so it seemed like a good time to work on my novel. I pulled out my computer, looked at the screen, and nothing came to my mind. I heard children, flight attendants, and the woosh of the plane. How could I concentrate? I sat listening for a few minutes. Then I realized the sound of children would fit a scene in my story. There would be children, and I previously hadn’t thought about how they might sound or what they might be doing.
I found that my creativity was heightened by cruising through the clouds. We got the announcement that we would be landing soon, so I quickly saved the scene from my story and put away my laptop. After settling in at my destination, I looked up my story writing from the plane and couldn’t find it. Hopefully it is somewhere on my computer and not flying through the universe. The point is, creativity can be inspired by anything you see, hear, or feel around you. Creativity is necessary to be resourceful and both skills are needed for your life and work whether you work for yourself or someone else.
I am spending the week with my grandkids in Virginia, which seemed like a fun place to have an Inspiring Writing Group. This is a small group I started in Elk Grove, CA. It has changed over the years but the model has stayed the same: write every week and share positive comments about each other's writing.
We recently added the "Inspiring Writing Group" on Linkedin where we often share our writing and encourage others to write. Writing can take many forms and practicing often helps with creative writing, professional writing, and emails.
Writing with kids can be insightful, inspiring, and good practice for them. I asked 8-year old Hazel for an idea for this week's prompt. We can write about anything, but I chose to challenge myself with this prompt: "I feel cooked up when..." I share my writing below.
!0-year old Calvin's story was in the form of a picture with a caption showing his feelings about his parents going on a trip.
The next picture is Hazel writing about creating a home in the computer game she likes to play.
Jonah chose to make a picture out of words. He likes to play video games and D&D which is reflected in his picture.
Friday Prompt: I feel cooked up when…
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.