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|Hello, I am Valerie Furnas. (Yes, you say it just like the heater.) In my soul I am a writer of great mysteries that contain a taste of history with a ton of action and romance. Unfortunately, I have two day jobs to support my writing habit. From 8-4 I am the widely proclaimed…”Coolest 7th grade teacher of Flower Mound.” From 5-9pm I am a reluctant driver’s education teacher. (The one that looks terrified in the passenger seat.) In the wee hours in between I write. I blog everyday at Life 4 Me by Me. It is my vanity blog where I conquer world problems, solve the mysteries that have stumped those throughout the ages and wane a bit poetic from time to time. My biggest inspiration comes from the craziness around me, those I encounter, and my three and a half dogs.|
~ Creativity ~
I work over an hour away from home, I love it. There is something soothing about having an hour all to myself. Most times I turn off all the noise and sit with my thoughts. Although my thoughts are many times way more noisy then any radio. As my muscle memory drives me home I retreat to my thoughts. It is in those times that my mind creates. Stories take hold and begin to flesh themselves out.
Every evening I sit with my laptop and stories are quick to come to me. Once the white page is in front of me I think back to those stories from my drives and they spill out on the page. The stage of writing called flow is comfortable and is easy to slip into for me. The story spills from me coming from a place that I don’t know. Being a worrier I wonder what is that place? What is that magic spark that it all comes from?
Over the last year I have often researched creativity: seeking the on switch and the different stages. Strangely enough, in the beginning of my research I thought that creativity was something only artist and writers were interested. This is actually one of the 6 Myths of Creativity. In fact, every average person that loves what they do, is given the time and the ability to work with a team can find creative solutions.
Apparently long hair and tattoos are not the imperative to producing incredible creative flow. My mom will be thrilled.
Creativity is something we all have access to, even when it feels elusive. The root of creativity is problem solving. For a writer that means giving yourself a story plot line, or characters that are riddled with problems. In writing problems are camouflaged as risk. Like Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter who refuses to carry a gun and is a novice that needs the big money that the more dangerous criminals bring. Evanovich has given herself the foundation for several sparks of creativity to grow. She must figure out how to bring in new dangerous criminals with the use of no conventional weapons. Plus, the character herself is ripe with internal problems that have to be solved in each book. The writer must understand their characters and be able to use that knowledge to inspire themselves.
In silent times, like driving in my car, where we listen and allow our imagination to run wild that we lay the foundations for creativity. In the article, “The Art of Creativity,” they talk about allowing the unconscious mind to pull into our awareness more than the story but the feelings that the story evoke. The idle daydreams we allow ourselves driving, walking or on those jogs can later translate into the illumination that we seek for whatever project we are facing. It all hinges on the limitations that we place on ourselves. If we think ourselves creative and give ourselves the opportunities to daydream and become confident in our unique abilities the more we trust ourselves. However, if we fear making a mistake the more frozen we will become. Research has shown that it is true the more the creative the individual the more mistakes that will be made. By being open to ideas some will work and others won’t. The openness that we celebrate these wins and these failures determines future readiness for us to enter the state of creativity.
Creativity is like all other things in our lives.
The more it is practiced the stronger we become and the more readily it comes to us.
How do you prepare yourself for creative endeavors?