Writer’s Corner: Tips for Creativity

Okay… a little confession… I’m a pinterester. It was an accident I swear. A friend of mine invited me to join and I thought, ‘oh that’ll be a nice thing to do when I’m looking for inspiration’….

Yeah…. that went well…

23 boards and over 1000 pins later…

But there is some genuinely interesting stuff that can be found. Like the core of this post. The infogram below is actually designed for photographers but it works for anyone looking for more creativity in their work.

Check it out Here. Because of copyright restrictions I can’t actually embed it into the page.

 

For me as a writer, I do so much of this stuff to refocus. Point two is always the last thing I feel like but it does help. New music, being happy, creative people… it’s all really good advice. I also like colour palette-ing… which brings me back to Pinterest. I like doing boards that are images that create the ‘tone’ of my books. It helps me with description and often sparks little ideas. Things like (and this might surprise you) I don’t actually hang around all that often in Gothic ruins but pinterest gives me access to designs and just helps make my descriptions more real. I also do talk about the mood of my books in ‘tone’. Like Myths and Legends has a very dark palette with bright highlights. If it was a room, it would be thick materials (velvet, mahogany), dark walls (blacks, greys, midnight blue, deep purples) but with bright shocks of colour (reds, pinks). The Hunger Games is  an interesting one to look at because of the two contrasting palettes, the Capitol palette of rich, bright and metallic and the District palette of monochromes, earthy and browns. I like finding books of similar palette to my own to help shape my work.

Other good tips… number eleven. Very important. The whole point of creativity is throwing away the box. Not easy to do, I grant.

I’d replace sixteen with talk through something. I’m lucky to have a wealth of unlucky saps who willingly (when bribed with chocolate) will help me brainstorm and some of my best ideas have come from random (normally sarcastic) comments.

Seventeen, eighteen… very important.

Twenty-Five is my favourite. I am a perfectionist and in some ways, that makes me a lousy writer because I want everything to be perfect first time around. It never is. Sometimes I have to school myself into writing bad chapters, bad dialogue because, if you do it wrong, and realise it’s wrong, then you are one step closer to making it right. In fact, its sometimes my worst work that spawns my best ideas in the end…

Anyway, enough of me ranting… I hope you find the infogram (of which I am NOT the original author) as interesting and useful as I do…