Stuart Lennon

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C is for Creativity


In my last post, I wrote about a growing addiction to stationery – particularly to notebooks.

With a new notebook and a full pen you can go anywhere. You can be anyone. At the end of the day – you just make it up. Yesterday, I blogged about the wonderful Bureau Direct. I must also mention Spotlight Stationeryanother company that provides gorgeous things.

I thought that finding creativity was the challenge. Overcoming the blank page.

I learned that the secret was fifty words. If on any morning, I could write fifty words, then I could write five hundred, a thousand, fifteen hundred. The key was to churn out those first fifty. That’s it! I thought. I’ve cracked Creativity. I’m a writer. Eureka!

I am learning that a writer must be many things. Creativity is a part of it for sure, but for me, it is just the first part. Once the imagination has run riot, another ‘C’ needs to step forward; the craftsman needs to emerge and fashion the writing into a novel. Then the marketeer must emerge and promote the book.

If this draft is to become my best-ever debut novel, then the craftsman is going to need to work with the creative. At the moment, I’m not sure that they are even on speaking terms.

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Amanda Fleet says:

Oh, don’t worry. They’ll not only start talking to each other, they’ll start arguing pretty soon! (and that’s BEFORE your characters decide to have their two penn’orth!)

Rhonda Albom says:

Creativity is sometimes really difficult for me, as would be getting out those first 50 words.

Stuart says:

Honestly Rhonda – I find if I get 50 done, then I’m flying. So, when I’m not feeling like writing I say to myself “Just write 50 words. anyone can write 50 words.”

It’s really difficult to get it started, but once you do, it’s a relief. /fellowchallenger

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