More and more people are becoming aware of the healing powers of creativity. Human nature makes people want to strive to feel good, and keep their bodies free from illness and dysfunction. Two goals most people hope for are to be creative and to improve/maintain health. Taking our cue from physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form into another. Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy. Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity. Drawing, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, cooking and playing an instrument are all creative activities that can ignite that creative spark. Many people already embrace their creativity while others are in the realm of “I am just not creative”. The key to being creative is taking action!
“Another word for creativity is courage” ~ George Prince
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
~C. S. Lewis
Do you dream about pursuing your creative goals only to push them to the wayside because you feel it’s too late? Every now and then, does that nagging question “what if?” rear it’s ugly head? Now really think about it, what is stopping you? Do you feel you lack skill? Lack time? Lack resources?
Let’s pretend you’re writing a letter of encouragement to a dear friend who wants to become a “insert your dream here” (writer, artist, musician,sculptor etc.). What would you say to encourage them? What would you tell them if they kept making excuses? Brainstorm and help give them ideas of how to accomplish their goals. Would you take your advice? Reflect and write! :)
I started my writing journey on 8 September 2008. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I sat down at my computer with nothing more than an idea. If I’d known then what I know now, I could have saved myself a lot of time and effort. I hope you will benefit from my experience.
At the time, I didn’t know the best way to write a beginning, middle, or an ending. I didn’t know what “beats” were, or what “foreshadowing” was–and it didn’t occur to me that I was foolish not to ask for, or look for help.
I think when it comes to creative things, people have some idea that needing help somehow implies that they aren’t actually talented. Nothing could be further from the truth. So, without any more delay, I will list the books that I have found most helpful.
100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by Scott Edelstein–This was the first book I bought, and I referred to it a lot. Great starter book.
Beginnings, Middles, & Ends by Nancy Kress--Before writing line one, buy this book. It’s fantastic and will save you a lot of revisions. I’ve written three books and am working on number four–this book is sitting on my desk right now, opened. I always have trouble writing the middle of the novel, this book helps me get through that difficult transition.
First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke–Hate to, but will repeat myself–before writing line one, buy this book. But especially before sending to agents.
Last but not least, How Not to Write A Novel by Howald Mittelmark and Sandra Newman. See if you’ve committed the sins they list, and fix them before sending your book to agents.
I’ve used/referred to other books, but these are my favorites.
MaryAnn Kempher writes mystery novels with a dash of humor.
She is the author of three books: Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder; a romantic mystery set in Reno NV. Forever Doomed, a mystery set aboard a cruise ship, and Sweet Mystery—another “I did not see that ending coming.” mystery. All three will make you giggle, and keep you guessing until the very end.
Her influencers include Janet Evanovich and Agatha Christie.
If you’d like to connect with MaryAnn Kempher, that will be easy:
A Day In The Life Of Eri, the unorthodox author ~ Guest Post and New Release Announcement @Dearharts
A Day In The Life Of Eri, the unorthodox author:
“Holy freaking crap is it seven in the morning already? Grrr, it is. Remind me to change that rooster chime one of these days.”
Typically from here it is a half-hazard stumble to the alarm and a debate to go back to bed or not (she says with a wicked grin). After another hour or few, I am up with a toothbrush in my mouth letting the dogs out to do their business. Which considering that both of my dogs are seniors might take a tad (smirk).
Finally harvesting my dogs from their sun bathing because who goes out to pee in the morning, it is another twenty minutes ushering the dogs along before I can spit out the now foaming toothpaste from my mouth.
With a final rinse of the oral cavity, I am toting the bare feet style up the stairs in my PJs to start the coffee. Nothing is accomplished without the coffee… truly. As the pot is brewing, it is the gathering of food for a few barn cats and my feathered stock. This morning ritual is always a dangerous encounter for you see, they see me coming and in my yard the feathered few and fur bound rustlers work together to accomplish their goals. Hence, my stumble and cursing as I try to make my way like a bad juggler in a back yard play across the yard to the barn. (snorting giggle is heard from the author).
A very breathless sigh is heard as the barn doors are closed and everyone inside is content snuggled up in the bale of hay forts. It is getting cooler so I make this routine even more now to fatten them up for the upcoming snow.
Now as I once again enter the basement doors, I make the trek upstairs to feed my pooches and few inside cats. Yes, the same working masses are formed as they had been outside. Therefore, it is a stumble into a wall type of day once again.
Finally, in my office I have realized I forgot my coffee (wicked grin for the words I use at this moment). However, with cursing aside I am back now with coffee in hand to sit down at my screens, for I have three, counting my phone there is four in which to carry out my day.
With click and a clack of the keys I answer my emails, tweet attack my following, Facebook posts my favorites, update my blog postings, Instagram my morning, and down the rest of my coffee. Which sadly takes me at least a few hours to accomplish and always makes me feel like it is a job in itself just to keep up with social media. Makes me miss my personal assistant who is back in college now…. Sigh.
A few extra coffees have come and gone and now it is time to move my writing in due course. I won’t get into specifics because you see I have another office that I use like a court. No crown is worn but the throne is always warm for my word count to commence upon.
Once my writing for the day is accomplished it is a cleaning of the clutter, doing the washing of the week, dishes to load, a dog to scratch, felines to take over my lap, editing of prior work to be done, even a lagging format to commence, and a cover to create maybe for myself or another word working wrangler. This last bit is probably where I am most happy but don’t let my own words hear me or my characters might cast their own mutiny.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my day in a life of an author with you and all of your readers. It has been a pure joy.
About the author:
Eri Nelson is a nontraditional indie author who manages all areas of her fiction, fantasy, paranormal, action, adventure and sometimes-erotic writing. Eri handles all the groundwork of her books, even the editing. Because of this Eri strives to improve her abilities along with trying to explain to readers her far from traditional sentence structures. However, she will openly admit that typos follow her.
Join Eri and her shadowy side of writing as she takes you along to explore new desire hunger filled worlds where your mind can share in the heat of the read.
From the unorthodox author Eri Nelson arrives a humorous twist to a witchy succubus whose hunger sparks more than desires, but troubles from the council. The first in the ‘All About The Sauce Series’ comes ‘The Hidden Witch’.
Unlike any other murder mystery our far from heroine type realizes she is wanted for a murder that she mostly likely could have committed. Although, she doubts her hunger could have drove her to it. Well at least not again…
Join Eri and her unusual telling of a tale in this fictional paranormal of a murder mystery that will hopefully have you giggling all the way through it.
Fate: New Avalon, book 2
by Andrea Buginsky
Available September 30, 2014
Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?
Excerpt “In Alchemy the next day, Elena could tell Izzy was still distracted. She never did that well mixing the potions, but she was getting better studying with Elena. Today, however, everything she mixed kept exploding. Elena knew she was still preoccupied with their conversation from the other night. “Damn!” Izzy coughed as her third attempt to mix the potion exploded in her face. Elena ran to her side. “Are you all right?” “Yeah, I’m fine.” The rest of the class rushed over to make sure everything was OK. “You alright, Izzy?” “Yeah, Mia. Just ticked. I can’t get this to work right! Lady Bittle, what am I doing wrong?” Lady Bittle sifted through the ashes in Izzy’s cauldron. “I don’t think you used the right amount of herbs. Remember, you need to be very careful when tossing each one in. You don’t want to add too much or too little of any herb.” “I know that! I’m a third-year. I’ve been mixing potions for over two years now. I know I’m not the best at it, but this is ridiculous!” “Izzy, is everything OK? You know you’re powers are linked to your emotions, and you seem to be in overdrive right now. Perhaps you should stop for the day. I’ll still give you full credit for your attempts.” Izzy looked like she was about to explode. But a scream from Elena broke her out of her anger. “What’s wrong?” “I don’t know…” Elena stood there, holding her head in her hands, nearly collapsing. “It hurts!” “What hurts, Sweetie?” Mia tried to calm her down, but they were all freaking out over Elena’s outburst. “My head! It feels like it’s going to explode.” Lady Bittle rushed to her and took her by the elbow. “I’m going to take her to Isabel. The rest of you can use the remaining class time to work on your own potions, if you’d like. I’ll see you all tomorrow.” “Wait! I want to go with her.” “No, Izzy, that’s not a good idea. You’ll see her later, back in your room.” She led Elena out of the classroom and down the hall to Isabel’s office. Isabel was waiting for them. She sensed something was wrong, as she always did, and helped Lady Bittle carry Elena to the couch in her office. She gently caressed Elena’s head, her eyes closed, her lips moving. Finally, Elena calmed down enough and took a deep breath. “What was that?” “Tell me everything that happened.” Elena told Isabel about Izzy’s trouble in class and her outburst. “I know she’s been upset lately, but I’ve never seen her like this. She just became infuriated, like she was about to explode!” “And then you felt like your head was exploding?” Elena looked at her, shocked. “Yeah, how did you know that?” Isabel sighed. “Lady Bittle, I’ve got this now. Thank you for bringing her to me. Will you return to the classroom and let the other girls know Elena is just fine?” Lady Bittle nodded, touching Elena gently on her shoulder. She left her in Isabel’s capable hands and returned to her class. Isabel gently stroked Elena’s hair. “I think congratulations are in order.” Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Print
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What Sparks My Creativity
Most writers have a set schedule and/or word count that they meet every day or week. They know when they’re going to sit down and write, and how many words or pages they will write in that session. But that’s not me. I write when my energy level and my muse are around. What sparks my creativity? There are a variety of things.
Reading - reading a good book can definitely awaken my muse! When I’m reading a story, especially a really good story, I get ideas for my own story. Eventually, I’ll put the book I’m reading down and begin working on my current project. Other times, I’ll jot down some notes for later. If the book is really good, I won’t want to put it down until I’m done. So jotting notes down if needed allows me to continue reading without forgetting my ideas.
Watching TV – I’m a huge couch potato. I have dozens of shows I watch throughout the year. Sometimes when I’m watching, I get ideas of how I would tell the storyline I’m currently watching. This will spark ideas for my own stories. Once again, I either have to write down the ideas, or start writing after the show is over.
Watching Movies - Movies give me the same incentive for writing that TV does. I’ll create the storyline in my head the way I want to see it. Movies and TV shows also tend to continue developing in my head long after I’ve written them. I must have written about 20 sequels to Dirty Dancing by now.
Reading or Watching About Other Writers – When I’m reading a book about writing, it definitely stirs up my muse, and gets me into a creative mode. The same thing happens when I’m watching a show or movie that features a writer at work. I’ll see this writer working on her craft, and I just have to get to work on mine.
These are some of the ways my creativity is ignited. When the muse hits, I either sit down at my desk and take advantage of it, or risk losing the spark when I’m ready to do so. The lesson to be learned is to take advantage of it when it’s lit up like a Christmas tree.
Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.
Andrea has written four more books since:
* My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
* Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
* Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
* Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently editing the third book of The Chosen series, and writing the fourth. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.
Closure by Sylvia Stein
Garrison James had it all. A terrific home life and a loving family. Together, he and his wife Lila built a successful ranch and construction company. His world changed the day he lost his wife to cancer. He turned to the bottle and became a monster. Sara, his daughter, tried everything to please him.
After years of abuse, Sara’s aunt visits. She recognizes the abuse and removes Sara. The frail girl begins the delicate journey of finding herself, while struggling to leave her father and the monster behind.
Despite the emotional and mental scars she carried, Sara manages to start a new life. She is finally happy.
A phone call changes everything.
Will Sara continue her new life? Can she face the monster, or will she find closure?
Author Sylvia Stein is a published author of 5 Anthologies. She began pursuing her writing when she joined a Writer’s group on Linked in led by Heather Marie Schuldt in 2012. The following year she along with the other writers published 3 of her first anthologies in 2013. This year she has published two of them. S The Anthologies are entitled, Giant tales from the Mystic Doors, Giant tales from the Misty Swamp, Giant tales World of Pirates, Lava Storm in The Neighborhood and the latest is entitled, Dangerous days. These are all three-minute stories that contain different types of genres. She continues to write and has been working hard to publish her first solo novella entitled Closure, which is now available on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. Along with that she is happy to report that she has just published another Anthology with her Writer’s 750 led by 15 amazing authors led by Douglas Clarke entitled Trash to Treasure.
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“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” ~Werner Herzog
Write a story about what danger inhabits the darkest, hidden recesses on earth. Where does this “danger” call home? What makes it so dangerous? What form does it take? Is it easily enticed to the light or does it silently stalk its prey?
Get creative, write and most of all…have fun! :)
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ~ Cassandra Clare
Write about what happens when someone is so influenced by a fictional book that their life is turned inside out. Describe what book they read. How did they change internally? What changes did their friends and family witness?
Get creative, write and have fun! :)
“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” ~ Zack W. Van
What if being bullied could actually give the victim a superpower? What would the victim’s superpower be? Would they use their power for good or evil? Would they use this power to become a vigilante against bullies?
Get creative, write and have fun! :)
“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world” ~John Rogers
Think about the last book you read, focus on the antagonist for a moment. What would happen if the antagonist became real and somehow integrated into a part of your life? How would you relate to this person? In the book, did the author write the character in a way that helped you empathize with them at all? In your story would this character evolve in a good or bad way?
Get creative, write and have fun! :)
By: Emerald Barnes
Genre: Young Adult
Released: June 24th, 2014
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to sit down with one of my favorite guys, Zach Taylor, from Entertaining Angels, and today, I get to talk to my other two favorite characters, Madison Andrews and Chase Sanders! They’re absolutely the best, and I hope you’ll love them as much as I do!
Chase and Madison are sitting on a sofa together. Mads has her arms wrapped around her waist, and Chase is glancing in her direction, watching her closely like she is at risk for falling apart any second. Did I mention how much I love Chase? Probably not, but he’s probably one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever meet! He protects Madison from others who bully her and even from herself.
Chase: Are we ready to start this? I’m supposed to meet with Andy. We just got the newest release –
Madison: Really, Chase? You knew you had to do this interview. Her voice is light and playful, and she giggles.
Chase: Yeah, but Andy’s waiting and –
Madison: Andy and the newest game can wait, Chase. Emerald wants to talk to us.
Emerald: It won’t take long. I promise, Chase. You’ll be gaming with your best friend soon enough.
Chase: Mads is my best friend.
Madison smiles shyly, and Chase pushes his glasses up on his nose as he watches me. I suppress a smile.
Emerald: I’m sorry. I should have been more careful with my words. How about we start with you, Chase? Why don’t you introduce yourself to Belinda’s readers! Speaking of which, thank you so much for hosting us today!
Chase: He pushes his hand through his brown hair, messing it up. Madison giggles quietly beside him, and even I can’t help but smile at his little nervous habit. I’m Chase. I’m a sophomore in high school, and I like to game, if you can’t tell. I’m a nerd and proud of it. Although, I think Mads thinks it’s weird. He elbows her in the side.
Madison: I don’t think it’s weird.
Chase: You’re not into like I am.
Madison: That doesn’t mean I think it’s weird. I watch those sci-fi movies and stuff with you.
Chase: Yeah, but you don’t like it.
Madison: Come on, Chase, I’m with you. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s weird to me or not. I just like hanging out with you.
Chase: Well, okay then. He pushes his hand through is hair again; he looks a bit perplexed.
Emerald: Well, Madison, what about you?
Madison: I’m a sophomore, too. I’m – um – just me, I guess.
Emerald: Well, what about you? What do you like to do for fun?
Madison: I’m not all that interesting. I really don’t do much. She lowers her head and looks at her pink Converse tennis shoes.
Chase: Of course you are interesting, Mads! We’re always having fun! Like this summer when we did nothing but veg out on the couch all summer. You were always making me laugh and smile.
Madison: Still looking at her shoes. I guess. But, I don’t really go out much. Like Chase said, we mostly just hang out at his place or mine.
Emerald: That’s always fun, too. I smile, but they don’t really see me. Chase is watching Mads, and Mads is watching her shoes. So, Chase, you’re pretty protective of Mads. How did you feel when Ashley started teasing her about her weight?
Chase: His glare turns angry. She needs to learn to keep her opinion to herself and stop hurting people. I couldn’t believe the names that she called Mads, and she really needs to learn how to stop being so dang horrible!
Madison: Chase, it’s fine.
Chase: Um, no, Mads. It’s totally NOT fine. She cannot get away with this.
Madison: Are you going to be the one to stop her?
Chase: If I have to. I won’t let her hurt you anymore.
Madison huffs and shakes her head. Clearly I haven’t thought through my questions better.
Emerald: Is there a safer topic we can broach?
Madison: Probably not with Chase.
Chase: That’s not fair. I’m just looking out for you, and you know that!
Madison finally looks at Chase, and she smiles. His angry disposition seems to melt a little, and he smiles back her.
Madison: I do know that. Thank you.
Chase: You’re welcome, Mads.
Chase grabs her hand and gives it a squeeze. My heart literally melts. Those two are the sweetest! I wish I’d had a friend like Chase when I was in high school.
Emerald: So, can we talk about the book some more?
Chase: I really need to be going.
Madison: Come on. At least answer one more question. She is our creator after all.
Emerald: Thanks, Mads.
She nods in my direction.
Emerald: This is directed at both of you. How do you like the new guy, Zach?
Chase rolls his eyes, and Madison smiles.
Madison: He’s sweet. I don’t know why he’s so nice to me, but he is. He doesn’t seem to care about my size or anything. He’s just so nice to me.
Chase: Of course he doesn’t care about your size. Your size isn’t what defines you, Mads.
Madison looks at her shoes again.
Chase: Back to your question, though, he’s alright. He seems pretty nice.
Emerald: Anything else?
Madison shakes her head, and Chase is so focused on Madison it’s hard to keep his attention.
Emerald: Okay. I guess not. Well, I guess it’s time to say goodbye! Thanks for having us on your blog, Belinda, and I hope your readers will check out Mads and Chase’s story in Entertaining Angels!
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!
She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.