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Pruning the Vine of Creativity

Copyblogger is often extremely focused on, well, producing copy for blogs–no surprise there. But that means the advice they give isn’t easily applicable to fiction. Guest poster James Chartrand, however, polished up a little tool that has been in my own creativity toolbox for some time: Limiting yourself–your time, your ideas, your goals–to be more creative.

Perhaps creating a deadline (and sticking to it!) is what you need to give yourself a creative push. Or perhaps that blank page is giving you the illusion that the sky is the limit, and that’s intimidating. I’ll tell you that there is almost no way that you could write about absolutely anything at all. You will write about:

  • something that interests you... A pet. A person. Someone you wish you knew. Someone you wish you were.
  • in a place or setting that interests you… You’re not going to write 100,000 words about someplace you care nothing about. Unless you’re getting paid millions of dollars, I wager.
  • in a genre that interests you… You already know if you’re writing about John’s pet bunny or a serial killer. You already know you want to write middle grade or crime fiction. So you’re limited in that.
  • in a voice that interests you. How do you want to tell this story? Much will be determined by who is telling the story and why.

By realizing the limits that are already set, the story becomes the focus, and it’s easier to write. Now you can see the creativity lies in what your character says, why she says it, what she does, etc. within the constraints that make sense for the story you are trying to tell.

Of course you can throw all this out the window. Writing is an art, after all. But if you set some limits for yourself, the story just might come a little easier.

Happy writing!

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