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How to Find Creativity as a Writer

Updated on December 19, 2014

How the Hell Do You Do It?

That was a question I was asked the other day….how do I manage to be creative day in, day out, five days each week, fifty-two weeks each year, for the past three years?

This is the 904th article I have written for a site called HubPages. In addition, I estimate I have written over 3,000 articles for customers. In addition, I have written three novels. All in the last three years.

I do not tell you those things to impress you, nor to blow my own horn. I’m just giving you some background to explain why that question was asked.

When I was first asked that question, my first response was I don’t have a clue. Creativity just comes to me easily, but please believe me when I tell you it has not always been so. Growing up I was not a particularly creative kid. My creativity did not begin to blossom until I was in my thirties when I spent most of my time teaching school, and my writing creativity really did not show itself until I was in my late-fifties.

So where did it come from? Why was I such a late-bloomer? What happened to change me? And what can you do to experience the same transformation so your muse will speak to you on a regular basis?

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What Happened?

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

I think the most logical answer to that question is that I simply experienced life. Over the years I have held dozens of jobs. Over the years I have loved and lost. Over the years I have suffered crushing defeats and rejoiced over exhilarating triumphs.

Writers need experiences to draw upon. Of course we can simply go online and read about the experiences of others, and use that for inspiration, but it really isn’t the same thing as actually living it, is it? How can we really understand heartache unless a woman has crushed us emotionally? How can we discuss death in a creative way if we’ve never had a loved one die in our arms? We can write about such things after others have experienced them, but our writing will lack the depth necessary to truly be exceptional writing.

To put it another way, I can do research about the horrors of being raped, and I can write an article about it, but in no way will that article relate the raw pain that needs to be related, and would be related, if a rape victim wrote it.

So my first answer to the question is that I have lived a full life, and that full life has given me a warehouse filled with experiences to call upon when I need inspiration and information.

I would love to have a conversation with this woman

Why Was I Such a Late Bloomer?

I’m not sure to tell you the truth. I lost my father when I was nineteen, and it was a crushing blow, so I was no stranger to emotional pain at an early age…but…I just wasn’t ready at that point in time.

I needed to suffer more. I needed to be thrilled more. I needed to love more, laugh more, and cry more.

And I needed to be more willing to learn from it all, and allow my muse to tap into it all.

At some point in time I began to allow the reflective side of me to run free. I learned to see events through the eyes of a writer and not just a disinterested bystander.

It all took time, and for me, it all took until three years ago to finally erupt forth in a barrage of stories, articles, and novels.

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Experience life!
Experience life! | Source

What Can You Do?

The first thing I’ll suggest should be obvious if you’ve read this far: live life to the fullest. Although I’m sure there are writers who are inspired while sitting locked up in their writing studios, I am quite certain that there are many more who live life full-speed ahead and damn the torpedoes. Get up early and witness the majesty of the sun rising over the mountains. Take regular nature walks. Start a bucket list and then check off items as you live them. Live today like it might be your last.

Not only should you experience all that life has to give you, but you must be receptive to it all. By this I mean you need to open up your receptors and file away the sensations you feel while living life. I’ve often said that we all share five senses, and I use that knowledge often when I am writing. What did something look like, smell like, sound like, taste like, and feel like? If you go for a kayak adventure, take note of your physical responses to the stimuli while on the open water.

Many online sites will list prompts for you to use in kicking your creativity into gear, but I would suggest to you that all of life is a prompt if you are open to it. I can watch a mother nursing her child and I am moved to tears. When a bird eats out of my hand I am dumbstruck, and when a spider builds its web, the entire universe screams an eternal message to me.

More Things to Do

If you don’t own a digital camera then go out and buy one. A writer without a camera is like a fish without gills. Don’t trust your memory to capture moments of magic. Let your camera do the work for you.

If you don’t walk around with a notepad to record special events, you are also missing the boat. You can also go out and buy a cheap tape recorder. Listen to life, record what you hear, and then play it all back while in your writing space.

Meet new people, pick their brains, and gain an understanding of what moves them, motivates them, and greatly affects them in positive and negative ways. See life through their eyes, and try to understand how they feel when they are faced with certain situations.

Remember back to your childhood. Draw upon old memories. Listen to music, go to the art museum, hike through the woods. Creativity is out there and in you, but sitting around passively waiting is a lesson in futility.

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And After You’ve Done All Those Things

Then it is time to listen to your muse whisper in your ear. You cannot force creativity. If you are open to it then it will come. I am convinced that writer’s block, that most-dreaded of writer maladies, is the result of trying too hard to do what should come naturally. Open yourself up and allow creativity to flow through your every pore, and on days when it is not flowing freely, walk away and enjoy the simple act of being alive.

So, in answer to the earlier question, a writer does not find creativity. I believe it is much more likely that creativity finds the writer.

Will you be ready when it comes a’callin’?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Great advice and I truly couldn't agree more about living life to the fullest. Just when I think I may be dried up something else pops into my mind from past and present experiences, too. So, the well is very full here, too. Thanks, Bill and have a great weekend ahead now!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. Honestly, I don't know how anyone could have writer's block, but I do know I'm in the minority in that thinking.

      Have a great Friday my friend.

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      Rabeia Mussa 2 years ago

      Great article.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      From one late bloomer to another. I couldn't even draw and almost failed art in school. Writing came later and other creative ventures. Must be because we are Libras. Ideas just come and sometimes get jumbled but usually straightened out. I have had very few genius ideas--but occasionally. Sometimes I give up before I should--that is a big one. I don't think brilliance in writing comes from being overly happy or overly depressed. Sometimes we just open our minds up and things flow in. So keep on creating another several thousand articles and books and everything.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      When you speak of listening to your muse, I laughed because it smacks of the familiar. The subtitle of one of my WIP blogs is called Rachael's Muse. Good article. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I love what you said about life being a prompt. It's so true.

      Last night I was outside and the sky was filled with what looked like a gizzillion cotton balls. Naturally, I ran inside and grabbed my camera. Those photos will come in handy for a future piece. Hell, they may even inspire a poem!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Reebo!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I really don't have a grasp on this muse thing, but I know I can't force creativity. Like you said, open our minds and let things flow in.

      POWER TO THE LIBRAS! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rachael! When I was a young man, I would have laughed at the thought of a muse. I'm not laughing now. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So cool, Sha! You saw it through the eyes of an artist, and you'll write it through the eyes of a writer, and creativity will flow beautifully...all because you were open to it all.

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      Ahmed Haider 2 years ago from Cairo , Egypt

      really useful . Great advices

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Bill, You're out in that snow without a hat! You need to wear one when it's cold. Do I sound like a mother? This is good advice. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ahmedhaider....I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay....LOL...yes, you sound like a mother. You can't see Bev, but she didn't have shoes on. Now, what does the mother say to that? :)

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      I wrote a lot when I was young, and for some reason, I stopped. A couple of decades went by before I began writing again. Perhaps it is because I opened my eyes & mind to things around me? Or I matured?

      I agree that we need to live life to the fullest. Experience every day as if it could be your last. Perhaps that is the maturity... family members and friends pass on, and we realize that we could be next!

      This is such a useful article. Jot down your thoughts, record them in pictures or a recorder, then share them with the world!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Country! I do think we tend to open our eyes and minds more as we mature and grow older, and that allow the muse to enter and help us. Whatever the process is, I'm glad it found me. :)

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      missirupp 2 years ago

      I think the "timing" of becoming a writer is important. I wish I had practiced more when I was younger and kept notes on how events effected me at the moment I went through them, but I also don't think what I would have written would be as deep as what I could write today. I don't know. It's hard to pinpoint it.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      billybuc

      That is impressive especially fitting in three novels.

      Imagine how much more impressive that writing would be if it had been done on a typewriter. You could probably build a paper house, or at least a cabin with the reams of paper. lol

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Missirupp, I tend to agree with what you said here. I doubt my writing would have the depth it now has if I had written when I was younger. I think we need experience to add texture to our writing.

      Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brad, I would be living in a mansion...at least until it burned down, of course. :) Too funny! Thanks my friend and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've always felt compelled to chase after adventure. I didn't want to be the type of old woman who sat around boring everyone, myself included, to death by repeating the same old stories. I wanted to have a varied range of experiences that I would always have something interesting to say.

      My husband always says that everything happens for a reason. Perhaps my desire to take any opportunity offered me was to prepare me to become a writer? Maybe that's why you've had the experiences you've had? That's an awesome thought.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is an awesome thought, Zulma, and perhaps you are right. Whatever the reason, I'm happy it all turned out as it did, because I love writing. What will I ever do when I'm too old to type on the keyboard? :) Have a great weekend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You will use a recorder and hire someone to type it up. Simple. (My rates are very reasonable. ;)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Zulma, I knew I could count on you.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great one Bill, I have to agree that creativity finds the writer and "a writer without a camera is like a fish without gills." I find when I am outdoors I find the ability to free my mind. Congrats on being so creative that the cup overflows. Keep it up we are all reading and learning :) Have a great weekend

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      Wow I am impressed with what you have accomplished. I have always been more of a numbers girls. Writing is something new to me. You insights are very helpful. Thank you.

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      William Kovacic 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, the lady of the house is shopping. The dog is sleeping The phone is off the hook. Let the creativity begin! As always Bill, I love your positive approach to the keyboard.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle. I guess you could say I am driven, but I love the entire journey. Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Joyfulcrown, and I appreciate you following me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Take advantage of it, Bill. I love that you took the phone off the hook. Well done my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I can so relate to the Steve Jobs quote. I wish I could say that my creative process was duplicatable (I'd make a mint!). Sadly, though, it is not.

      Like you, living life provides a neverending wealth of creative genius. I can say, though, that my creativity comes from two things: 1) Insatiable curiosity; and, 2) Willingness to look outside my field of work and knowledge for inspiration. Love it when the mail arrives and I get to see how people try to connect with others. Great fodder for my swipe file.

      Not surprised at your level of production in only 3 years. I didn't start writing either until I was about 30. Then I've been on a neverending track since.

      Happy Pre-Holiday Weekend, my friend!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      The challenges around here are perfect ways to boost your creativity! Great hub Bill. Jamie

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Living life, and having many life experiences can be very helpful. Those experiences will just naturally come out in your writing.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      You brought in 'experience', and I like that, for then it helps make things easier when the muse drops in. Peace Bro.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Heidi. Like you, I learn from others. I love reading articles, and I find great ideas from the writings of others. All one has to do is be willing, like you said.

      Happy Holidays my prolific and talented friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, they are, Jamie, and since the challenges never die, so too the creativity will continue to flourish.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe that to be true, Pawpaw...thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Manatita. Thank you my friend, and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Bill, a wonderful life lesson today, centered around writing yet so much deeper. Experience is the teacher of so many things. Thanx

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      Thanks for the advice Bill....coming from someone who has managed to create as many articles as you, it would be crazy not to take it...so I have, thanks again:-))

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, another wonderful hub from you (no, I'm not surprised). I agree with all you have said, but I think there is another element as well, especially as we gain experience (i.e. get older). I find that I no longer concern myself with what other people think. I express my true thoughs and feelings without that filter of inhibition. Please don't misunderstand--I'm not referring to being rude or uncaring. I chose my words and actions carefully to avoid harm to others, but I firmly believe in the encouragement to "dance as though no one is watching"

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Eric. I was wondering if anyone would see the deeper meaning in this one. How could I ever doubt you? :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Smilealot, it is my pleasure, and I thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you, Linda, and I endorse that addition to this article. Thank you...now go out and dance, my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I couldn't agree with you more about living life. You've got to mix it up, find new and different experiences, meet new people and stay curious.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Hey Bill...the photo kind of reminds me of myself when I was around ten and wore glasses. They called me four-eyes until I proved I was a better runner and ball player than they knew. Nice message my friend. Thanks for the memories. whonu

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Bill, you seem to have my pulse. Your article was brilliant, and I watched the TED talk with Elizabeth Gilbert three times in a row because I am vacillating between damn good stuff and mediocrity in my writing. I've gotten a better bead on it this past week, but I needed the visual that she provided of the genius in the corner to really allow myself to let go (well, we'll see how well I let go in future scribblings).

      I too am a mule so I just need to wait sometimes, and as you said, let creativity find me.

      Actually, I have no lack of creativity, it's the inconsistent application of my voice. Sometimes that little guy takes the day off when I really need him to stick around. But I'm working on a trap so that I can catch him and keep him in the corner of my office (There are no laws against writing muse bondage are there? And no extradition agreements with the ancient Greeks and Romans, right? I hope. I really don't want to die by the sword for my work; I'm not that committed.).

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree with every word Bill. In fact I can't remember a time I really disagreed with you :) I am a late bloomer as I never started writing seriously until two years ago and I'm well into my 50s. I guess good things do come to those who wait (especially muses). Good work again.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for sharing the Steve Jobs quote, along with all the other great ideas. Connecting seemingly unrelated ideas really works wonders! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, as my sister used to say, you gotta shake your bootie until it falls off. :) Thank you and Happy Holidays to you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      "All of life is a prompt if you are open to it." I agree so much, Bill! Thanks for this stimulating hub.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very great advice. I also believe in creativity coming naturally if we are ready to receive it. But writing requires flow also to be able to express all your thoughts and feelings in a beautiful style. You possess that great style which I admire much. Thank you for sharing these great ideas.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Another helpful hub and some great advice!

      Slowly but surely one can find creativity as a writer. Experience is the best teacher.

      Thanks for sharing this insightful hub!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You are so right, Billy. I never thought I was a creative person but suddenly, in my senior years, I'm amazingly creative in different fields, fiction and non- fiction writing, speaking, poetry. I even started jewelry making. I'm having a ball being creative.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      whonu, same here. They laughed until I struck them out regularly, and then suddenly the four-eyed geek wasn't so funny. LOL Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, thank you. I'll take "brilliant" any old day. Isn't that video with Elizabeth Gilbert great? I can't get enough of that one.

      I happen to think that you are not only creative but also an excellent writer, and I don't say that often.

      Enjoy your weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Evidently, John. I'm just glad that muse finally showed up. :) Thanks my friend and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It does indeed, Bill. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours in Hollister.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Alicia, and Merry Christmas to you.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I've never been particularly creative but I try to experience everything and this provides the material to write about. It's kind of like an endless cycle - live, experience, travel, write. If I get to the point where I have nothing to write about then I know I'm not living. Have a great weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I'm learning, like you mentioned, that taking the time to experience life will give us many ideas. I am still surprised at that article I wrote on Humming and the Elderly just because I took the time to notice my mother's humming. Thanks for underscoring the importance of really living. We can write what we live.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, thank you for your kind words. I agree with you, that flow is required, and I believe flow simply comes with practice and attention to the details of the craft.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very good, ChitrangadaSharan....best wishes to you, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is fun, isn't it, Catherine? I love the feeling of creativity flowing through me, not knowing what will come next but assured that it will be something exciting. :) Thank you for sharing part of your journey.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, creativity takes many forms. Not every creative writer writes short stories and novels. I know there are days when I am very creative writing copy for customers. Just keep on doing what you are doing, because it is working.

      Enjoy your Sunday and Happy Holidays.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is a perfect example, Dora, exactly what I'm talking about here. Well done my friend.

      Happy holidays, Dora, and thank you.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      A fantastic article about how to connect to our creativity. I loved the movie by AllanaPratt and shared it. It was the doodling she did that charmed me, thinking about my art therapy book: the Language of Light.

      It feels that my creativity channel is always open because I have always so many projects I would like to have time for, especially my writings. I will share this post again with the many writing groups on Facebook.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for sharing this, Nadine. I love that you share articles with other writers. That's what this brotherhood is all about.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      As I began to read this the answer was in my mind already...l and forgive me if I missed you saying this...but you found your voice. I honestly believe that if I were to read articles without names I could pick out yours. I know your voice. There is a cadence and a fluidity to your writing that keeps me reading from beginning to end as what you share emerges.

      I have found my voice...it got me in trouble once when I was very young but that is another story. Life is happening to me each day as it does with all of us so I do not have the time to spend sharing that I would like to.

      And this is all probably waaaayyy more than you wanted to hear.

      More Angels are headed your way ps

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill- A good essay, a good look at the various components we all come to sooner or later as writers. Its funny about the "muse" concept. It has always irritated me when writers or creative types talked about their "female" muse.

      But then a few months ago I wrote a poem based loosely on Greek mythology ( title "Thalia, Melpomene..." I think). I didn't intend to use the word or concept muse, but suddenly, with a masculine character and persona it fit. Very strange and very interesting. A good essay as always. :)

      Theresa

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Talk about a late bloomer, the only thing I ever wrote was a diary when I was a teen. Why I wanted to write is still a mystery to me. I just had the desire to write one day after I retired from nursing. There is nothing I like better than writing. I'm so glad my muse found me. Thank you Bill..

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I've always admired the writers with the most creativity. Think of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings - his imagination is mind-boggling. And Gene Roddenberry. Where would us trekees be without him? And you, Bill are among those with great imaginations and creativity. Where else would be go for a writer's mailbag each week?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, whatever you want to say is just the right amount and never too much. Thank you and I am honored that my voice is so distinctive. I've worked hard to make it so. Thank you and blessings coming your way on a wing and a prayer.

      Merry Christmas my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, thanks for sharing that story about your muse. I appreciate it.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I'm so glad, Ruby, that your muse found you. Never let him/her slip away.

      Merry Christmas dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you for such kind words. I never thought of myself as creative until three years ago. I don't know where it's been hiding itself all these years, but I'm glad it finally broke free.

      Merry Christmas, Ann!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      This is the best advice for any writer. The Best.

      I realised my creativity through photography; first through my Dad's when he showed me how to take a photo, what composition was all about and how to use the light.

      Then I began to look at the world around me with much more attention. Then I started to draw, then paint and later on I started to write in earnest (strange that, my Dad was called Ernest but only by his parents!).

      You're so right that creativity comes to you, because the world comes to you, it's there for the taking, for its inspiration, its beauty, its wonder, its joy and its pain.

      BRILLIANT hub, bill! I was actually talking to you whilst I read this, nodding and saying 'yes' to each point!

      A superb read on this Monday afternoon.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Ann! I thought I heard you whispering to me a few moments ago. Now I know I'm not crazy and hearing voices.

      Between the two of us, we will raise "brilliant" to cult status here in the States. LOL

      Happy Monday and Merry Christmas, my friend.

      bill

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      I think the Lord may have had something to do with the timing of your creativity. He knew if would be useful here on hubpages, showing others your skills, and also helping you write books at a time when that was needed most. Merry Christmas to you, too, Bill and to yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, who am I to argue with you? Thank you very much, kind lady, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill, this is a fantastic article....Congratulations on your books and other achievements :) I think God has the perfect time for everything and I'm glad I got to know you through your inspiring articles :) Wishing you a Blessed Joyful Christmas with all your loved ones :)

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      The best advice I have read about writers' creativity is on pages 82 to 84 of THE "WRITER'S BOOK" BY SHERWOOD ANDERSON A CRITICAL EDITION [edited] by Martha Mulroy Curry. Anderson writes in part, "… When men speak of the difficulties of telling a story truly, getting at the real meat of the story, that is another matter; but this saving of ideas, of so-called material, has always struck me as curiously niggardly. And I think it is due to an utter misunderstanding. Young writers are always being told that the way to learn to write is to write and the saying is true enough, but it is also true that the way to learn to use the imagination is to use it. It is absurd to save ideas. Throw them away. What a man wants, what we all want, is a full rich life, to feel more, see more, understand more.... I think it is only through the development of the imagination that a man can be truly rich.... I do not think that life is ever very dull. I think that we dull our own imaginations by trying to save our thoughts, our ideas. You cannot save thoughts, ideas, feelings, by putting them in a savings bank. There should be a continual flow, a stream, thoughts of others flowing through you, feelings of others flowing through you. This saving of your little two-for-a-penny ideas, your feelings, only dams the flow..... A man should write and throw away. Write and throw away again. The habit of letting the thoughts and ideas that come to you flow through your body, down your arm, through your hand to the pen is a kind of housecleaning...."

      In other words, the source of your creativity can be found, combined, in both your life experiences and in your habit of letting your memories and imaginings generated from those experiences flow through your fingers to your keyboard daily.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      What better way to be creative than to live! Having said that, I also agree with using the camera and keeping a note pad. I find notes all over my house and wonder, will I ever use them? I think the answer is yes.

      As always Bill you have opened it up just a little bit more.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much rdsparrowriter. Merry Christmas my young and talented friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, thank you for sharing that marvelous quote by Anderson. So true. Life? Boring? I can't imagine how that could be. There is wonder and excitement in each and every day. All one needs do is open the heart and the mind and welcome it.

      Merry Christmas, Brian, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary. I have a bunch of article titles saved as Docs on my desktop. I'm constantly adding to them and whittling away...a never-ending supply of article ideas.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Inspiration from a story can come from anywhere. Even from other stories. Great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, vkwok...my next book was inspired by my current one. Such is this thing called creativity.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      a very good hub.. valuable for many beginners too.. voted awesome and useful Frank

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Thank you, Bill! :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Iris! Merry Christmas!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just a quick visit to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      We've talked about this before Bill, but I seem to find my creativity in spurts. That's why I keep a notebook with ideas and then when I have time, I write an article about the idea. I have loads that I haven't done yet. Sometimes it's just a conversation about something entirely irrelevant and I come up with an idea and write about the next day. It all depends.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for sharing, Glimmer. You follow a similar procedure as I do. Good to know I'm not alone. :) Happy New Year my friend.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I love your voice in this. It is no wonder you're a successful writer!

      I think you are quite right about writer's block! Writing for others is easier since they choose the topics or categories, but writing for ourselves allows so many options it can lead to a creativity block.

      I think I'll take more pictures that inspire me. Thank you for noting the importance of cameras!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Social. I'm glad you like my voice. It's the only one I've got. :) Kidding of course, but this is comfortable for me, so I think I'll hold onto it.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Your advice always enlightens my thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for all the visits, DDE. I really appreciate your loyalty.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, creativity DOES find the writer. Choose a cue, a trigger, if you will, and it comes pouring out. Believe me when I tell you this, for I KNOW.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Deb. It shows in your body of work, which is excellent. Thank you for weighing in on this.

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      I agree with Steve Jobs: Creativity is just connecting things.

      Sometimes we feel blank while we start off a piece of writing but as we connect things, it sort of eases out our mind-data and finally we organise !! Great Hub !! I loved the lines "If you don’t walk around with a notepad to record special events, you are also missing the boat " So true !!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for some wonderful observations, SAQ...I appreciate it, my friend.

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