Wednesday, April 3, 2013

IWSG: C is for Creativity

 
It's the first Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means ... it's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find out the other members of the group here.

 

This year's A to Z Challenge theme is: All About Foxwick.

C is for ... Creativity

One of the best things about being a writer is being creative. I get to expand my creativity muscle and exercise my imagination. Something should get exercise, right? One of the reasons I enjoy my Foxwick world so much is because there is so much creativity in it. I’m the goddess of this world. I can build lands, create creatures and people, and control their lives—when the characters let me, that is.

It can also be worrisome creating a new world. What if the readers don’t like the world? What if it is too weird? Too mundane? What if I forget something or decide to change it mid-way through the story and forget to reflect that in the previous stories? I keep notes and update information that changes through the course of writing. But there are those worries.

In the end, the risk is worth the reward.

How do you flex your creativity muscle?

39 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's what makes fantasy such a challenge - the world building. But if you're organized, you can pull it off.

Al Diaz said...

That's right. Something has to get exercise, hahaha. I hear you there. I think creativity is the thing I exercise the most. Funny thing is I believe it is perfect until someone tells me there's a problem with it. Then I toss it out the window and make a new thing I believe it's perfect until pointed otherwise.

Pat Hatt said...

Creativity I can do, although may be nonsense at my zoo haha

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I go for a run. That's how I get mine warmed up, and then I just let it flow for whatever I need it for: writing or photography.

Aubrie said...

I love the creative aspect of writing. I think that's my favorite part!

Rachna Chhabria said...

C is indeed for Creativity. In fantasy creativity can build a wonderful new world.

Isis Rushdan said...

Music always helps my creativity flow.

Clare said...

Creating worlds, and the creatures and people to inhabit them is one of my favourite things about writing too. but yeah, it's hard to keep track of sometimes.

jaybird said...

Writing is my creative outlet too. It's my favorite medium. Artists have their watercolors and canvas, I have my keyboard and blank pages.

And I agree that world building can be daunting and yet SO rewarding when you are finished.Keep up the good work Cherie. You always do an amazing job!

Julie Flanders said...

I've never tried world building but it seems like a real challenge to me. I'm impressed by all of you who do it!

bethannpostwrites said...

I create a soundtrack for each project that I'm working on to immediately immerse me into the world I'm creating. I add to it as characters evolve and bring their friends!

Maria Dunn said...

Hi Cherie. I agree with Julie above, world building does sound like much of a challenge to me, but also an exciting adventure into creativity. Congratulations on all your success. Go bless, fellow Virginian, Maria from Delight Directed Living

Nicole said...

I love this part of writing. I think my creativity muscle is always waiting to be flexed. :)

Jai said...

"Expand my creativity muscle and exercise my imagination. Something should get exercise, right?"

Made me snort. I love the creative aspect of writing and if you love your world, your readers will too.

M.J. Fifield said...

"Something should get exercise, right?"

Right.

Writing is my creative outlet, too. And I love creating fantasy because I get to be in charge of everything. It's thrilling and terrifying all at the same thing. Like I imagine sky diving would be.

nutschell said...

That's why i love writing fantasy. I get to be as creative as I want :)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Gwen Gardner said...

I created a different sort of world in my novella and I worry that it might be too off the wall. We shall see...today's post includes part of that world.

Karen Walker said...

I just completed a draft on my first novel after 30+ years of writing nonfiction. My muscles are definitely flexed creatively and challenged daily.
Karen

Mel Chesley said...

Gotta keep notes! You should see my binders full of notes and research... my map on my wall... I love being creative with fantasy. But my creativity doesn't stop there. I make jewelry, I craft, I do all sorts of things. Great C post!

Samantha May said...

I don't build worlds the way that fantasy authors do. However, I do build towns which is pretty much it's own little world.

It kind of reminds me of playing The Sims, where you sort of play God.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love finding that creative part of myself too through writing. It's a part of myself I never thought I had. Whether I get published or not, I'm enjoying the process.

Daniel B. said...

The best way for me to flex creativity is to consciously work at it. I ask myself: what if? and then start writing...because if nothing else, creativity requires effort, and the more effort, the better the result.

Great pick for C!

Marta Szemik said...

I love fantasy and the ability to decide my character's destiny (sometimes - if they let me). If I'm stuck on a project I jump onto the next one to get some time away, or read a book off my TBR. Usually that's enough to get the creative juices flowing.

David Macaulay said...

well hey Cherie - just three days into the A to Z challenge and I am in seriuous need of some creativity..

Christine Rains said...

I love world building. I'm flexing my creative muscles all the time. My brain doesn't shut up. I just need the time to type it all down!

stu said...

I like trying to find space for creativity in projects that I'm ghosting on, adding touches wherever I can to try to make it better.

Jan Newman said...

How do I flex my creativity muscle? Sometimes getting up in the morning does the trick. :) Reading something I really wish I'd written; putting myself into my characters' heads, seeing through their eyes -- they show you such amazing things!

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Patricia Lynne said...

I've always been a creative person and surrounded by creative people. My boss kept suggesting new creative things for me to try and I finally told her I had too many crafty and creative things I do and had no time for more. ^^

Kimberly said...

Writing sci fi and fantasy is how I do it. :) It's cool to make up your own world, but can be overwhelming because there is so much to think about. I take down LOTS of notes. Hee hee

Azara said...

I enjoy the creativity of others more than being the creator. I'm a reader more than a writer, a dancer rather than a choreographer, a pianist not a composer. Blogging is my little slice of personal creativity.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Writing, photography and planning different and interesting English classes do it for me.

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sjp said...

World building for several different projects at the same time can get troublesome if you're not careful :S and if readers don't like your world they will be the ones to miss out :)

Cathy Keaton said...

It's tough being creative enough because there's so much pressure these days. You have to be so original and it seems like everything has already been done. But, the challenge of trying to be creative and original is kind of fun. Hopefully, your readers will appreciate whatever approach to it you can muster.

Trisha F said...

Yessss, I love being creative too! It makes life so very interesting!

kmckendry said...

I'm working on a fantasy novel, and am really enjoying building my world.

Barbara White Daille said...

I do some free-writing to stretch the creative muscles.

After that, I just dive into the WIP.

Barbara
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Heather Holden said...

I often have this same worry, too. As daunting as world-building can be sometimes, it's still fun at the end of the day, so you're right, the risk is most definitely worth the reward!

Franny Stevenson said...

Finally after a lot of research I found another writer presenting little by little her fantasy world! I exercise thinking about mine all my spare time! And thinking and modifying the reality itself I’ll end up having the details I need. Although I need more time to finish the world building I think I’m on the right way!

Margot said...

I try to create every day. Sometimes it is very simple things like dinner. Most often it is writing or painting or making mosaics.

Thanks for your post Foxwick sounds like a wonderful place.

Margot at A Devotional Mosaic and Spark My Creativity