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.
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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.