Surrounding Yourself with Creativity

More feedback on the troll book. Looks like I’ve constructed another promising mess. Soooo typical. Writer, know thyself!


While I am not about to advocate ritualizing writing, I find myself reflecting on ways that I can stimulate my creativity to make for better writing. Right now the times I write at my best are out of the home and (obviously) away from the workplace. I tend to write better when I have a chance to get a run at it. I plan to make an effort to schedule more blocks of time for writing like my Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I also find that I have more energy when I eat well and exercise, as I have been lately. That feeds directly into my energy to write and having some umph to do it. ‘Nuff said on that.

Besides these physical things I can take care of, I find that when I surround myself with things that stimulate my creativity I am more likely to write and write well. Many writers know the trick of creating soundtracks for their manuscripts. I like reading books and watching films that stimulate my imagination and make me ask what if questions. I like paying attention to what gives me satisfaction as a reader and viewer, and I try to insert these things into my own work.

We do emphasize the hard work aspect of writing frequently. It *is* hard work. It’s truly important for us to find ways to stimulate our imagination, and make ourselves excited about the work we’re doing.

What makes you excited about your own writing? How do you get fired up?


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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