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Tapping into your creativity 
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By Kerrie Flanagan
Published in The Writer Magazine, June 2014

Creativity is at the core of everything we do as writers. It is the fuel we need to breathe life into our writing and into the worlds and characters we create.

If creativity is a key to writing success, are there ways to enhance and cultivate this quality? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, psychology professor, leading expert in the field of creativity and author ofCreativity and Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, believes there are. After years of studying creative individuals in a variety of fields, Csikszentmihalyi found ways we can all access our creativity consistently.

As with any creative venture, writing takes time, and success does not happen overnight. In his book, Csikszentmihalyi reminds us, “A generally creative accomplishment is almost never the result of a sudden insight, a light bulb flashing on in the dark, but comes after years of hard work.”

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Excerpt from Planes, Trains and Chuck & Eddie

by Kerrie Flanagan

My husband Rich and I planned to sneak away for the weekend to Colorado’s wine country: Grand Junction. This city of 48,000 is nothing spectacular, but the wineries, peach orchards and the Book Cliff Mountains make it a great destination in September. We looked forward to reconnecting while celebrating my birthday, just the two of us—no kids, no work and no worries.

Typically this 300-mile trek takes five hours by car, but this time we were going to be adventurous and try the train. We were scheduled to arrive at 4:08 p.m., still giving us time to enjoy a Friday night on the town.

Visions of luxury trains I had seen in the movies like the Murder on the Orient Express fueled my excitement. Even Harry Potter and his clan traveled in luxury on the Hogwarts Express.