HEADLINE NEWS: Sci-fi/Fantasy Author Danica Cornell is a Featured Guest On Emily Murdoch’s Blog

Balancing the Chaotic Nature of Creativity: How a Small Dose of Structure Can Go a Long Way to Helping Writers Achieve Their Goals


Guest Post: Danica Cornell

Before I begin, I would like to thank Emily Murdoch for inviting me here today. Emily, it truly is an honor and a pleasure to join you on your beautiful blog, and I’m looking forward to having you as a guest contributor on my blog next month as well!  For those of you who don’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Danica Cornell and I’m the author of the forthcoming DARK STAR Science Fiction/Fantasy Series, soon to be published by Cool Geek Books. But the reason for my being here isn’t to tout my novels—it’s to discuss the chaotic nature of creativity and how I’ve learned to best utilize this gift. And in case you’re wondering, my motivation for writing this piece is simple. I hope to reach those who are currently struggling with unlocking their own artistic potential—something I’ve learned a thing or two about over the last several years.


Creativity as a blessing and a curse 

To be clear, I do see creativity as a gift—but I believe in order to unlock its tremendous potential, creative people need to be managed in just the right way. I suspect without the kind of oversight I describe later in this post, many imaginative individuals may begin to feel swallowed up by the vastness of their ideas. Simply put creativity without direction and a few boundaries has the potential to result in lowered productivity. This can be especially true for those who lack the skills, processes, and/or motivation to achieve a particular goal, such as writing a novel.

Taming the creative beast within

When it came to my own writing, I was fortunate to have a BA in psychology to draw upon—not only for the development of my characters, but also for myself as a writer. My degree has allowed me to examine not only myself, but my environment as well—all with an eye toward tweaking those areas in need of improvement.

Here are a few things I’ve learned: 

– I require a daily task list and schedule to stay on track;
– Mapping out my books up front has helped me to see where I want to take my series and even more importantly—its characters;
– Utilizing a professional editor helps to insure the quality of my work while allowing me to stretch and grow as a writer—something that borders on the sacred for me;
– Too much structure negatively impacts my motivation, thereby shutting down my creativity and ultimately my productivity;
– Daily doses of exercise and music help to fuel my creativity.

In other words, balance and structure are imperative to my success as a writer. Now if you’ll excuse me, my treadmill and iPod are calling me 🙂

Until next time…

Happy writing,



Danica Cornell is a visionary entrepreneur, UNICEF-supporter, and self-confessed chocoholic who’s busily penning The DARK STAR Series.

To learn more about this emerging scifi/fantasy author please visit her website. You may also follow Danica on twitter.

2 thoughts on “HEADLINE NEWS: Sci-fi/Fantasy Author Danica Cornell is a Featured Guest On Emily Murdoch’s Blog

  1. Thanks Effrosyni! I’m slowly becoming more familiar with WordPress…I guess it’s true what they say, slow and steady wins the race, eh? As for this post, music and exercise have proven vastly important in my writing; I suspect each author out there has their own tool kit for freeing their minds as well. 🙂

  2. Another excellent post! What can I say Danica, you hit it on the nail! Exercise and music seem to work wonders for a mind that needs unclogging, I fully agree. On another note, totally irrelevant to your lovely post, I love the new theme of your blog including the nifty snow effect- awesome!

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