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
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…