Today I'm guest blogging at Steamed! about how to spark your creativity.
Readers often ask me, “Where do you get all of your ideas?” as
if they’re hoping I’ll share some magic formula, or perhaps a link to an online
idea consignment boutique presenting prepackaged suites of novel concepts
attractively priced for struggling writers.
My stock answer to the question “where do you get your ideas” has always
been “from everywhere and anywhere,” which—while true—isn’t a particularly
helpful bit of advice to an aspiring writer.
Upon further reflection, I realized that I hadn’t devoted much conscious
thought to the murky mechanics of my creative process, and I didn’t really care
to, either. Like turning on the lights
at a séance, I feared a dispassionate analysis of my own creativity might break
the spell for good. I’m pleased to
announce that I’ve conquered that fear, it didn’t hurt a bit, and I have
actually gleaned some useful (I hope) insights into the creative process. I’ve identified four techniques I had been
using all along without really thinking about them.